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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America

 

September 6, 2003 - Issue 95

 
 

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"Hensca"

 
 

The Mvskoke Creek Greeting

 
 

pronounced - henz-cha
Means hello or greetings

 
 


Snow Geese in Flight

 
 

"WEWEOPIZUN"

 
 

Snow Goose Month

 
 

Cree

 
 

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"Think not forever of yourselves, O chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground." - Peacemaker, Founder of the Iroquois Confederacy circa 1000 AD

 

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We Salute
Coby Marsh

Calgary, AB - With a few more hours of flying time, Coby Marsh, 25, will likely be the first Native woman in Canada to obtain a helicopter pilot license.

Marsh, a member of the Lax Kw'alaams Band in northern British Columbia, has passed her written Transport Canada exam and is close to logging the required number of flying hours to qualify for a license.

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Our Featured Artist:

Living Traditions

Michael Kusugak

Michael Kusugak grew up in Repulse Bay, a small village in the Northwest Territories. "I've always been close to the land, the sea and the animals," he says. "I want to teach everything I know about how to live here, and write about everything kids like to do."

 

Saturn's Moons Named after Inuit Characters

IQALUIT, Nunavut - Four of 12 new moons discovered around Saturn in the fall of 2000 have now officially been given Inuktitut names.

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Thunderhawk - Our Featured Story:

Northwestern Wisconsin First Person History:

Thunderhawk
The Curse of the Robin Redbeast - Part Two

by Geoff Hampton

Happy Mouse
Writer Geoff Hampton shares this story that should delight both young and old.

 

Reminiscences of a Pioneer Missionary - By Rev. Chrysostom Verwyst (Part 2)
submitted by Timm Severud (Ondamitag)

A neighbor of ours, a distant relative, Martin School by name, lived some three miles away in a deep valley, or rather ravine through which a creek ran. One night he heard some noise near the creek and thinking it was a deer coming to drink he tried to shoot it. His gun, which was one of the old, fashioned kind, failed to go off, and so he went back in the dark to his house to fix it. In a moment in rushed an Indian in a terrible rage, exclaiming: "You want to shoot Indian! Shoot Indian!"

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The information here will include items of interest for and about Native American schools. If you have news to share, please let us know! I can be reached by emailing: [email protected]

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Living Traditions

Preserving Language

A Journey to Culican: Quinto Encuentro Yoreme Sinaloa

How many Basket weavers and family members can you fit into a 1960 Volkswagon van?

We began our journey early on the morning of May 26th all arriving for departure from Sacramento International airport. Passports, birth certificates, photo ID’s, baskets and materials in hand. Destination: Culiacan, Mexico. Purpose: To take part in the multi-cultural indigenous peoples cultural festival a.k.a. Quinto Encuentro: Yoreme Sinaloa.

 

Saving Culture Depends on Saving Languages

My uncle, a prominent medicine man, died about 14 years ago. When he died, he took his knowledge of an important Sahnish or Arikara ceremony with him. He told several young men, who were trainees, that for him to teach them this ceremony, they needed to know the Sahnish language. They knew only "words" and not the speaking language.

The medicine man's refusal to teach his ceremony to these young men because they weren't fluent in the language resulted in his way of the ceremony being lost.

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Student News

Student News

Native American Composers Apprentices Program

The Native American Composers Apprentice Program (NACAP) was created three years ago to develop the musical talent of high school students in northern Arizona’s Hopi and Navajo communities.

Intensive coaching in composition techniques with the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s composer-in-residence Brent Michael Davids, creates new student works for string quartets. Tuba City High School, Monument Valley High, Greyhills Academy High School, Kayenta High School and Hopi High School are the participating high schools in the western reservation area.

 

Cherokee Students Elected to Prestigious National Council

Two Cherokee students, Isidoro Sierra Jr. and Raven Bruner, have been elected to a one-year term to help lead the United National Indian Tribal Youth Council (UNITY) Executive Board.

Sierra, of Hulbert, Okla., currently serves as president of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council. He is a 2003 graduate of Hulbert High School and plans to attend Northeastern State University (NSU) in the fall where he will major in both criminal justice and Native American studies.

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Entertainment News

Entertainment News

Big Mountain and Friends Entertain and Teach

An illusion is something that you think it is, but it isn’t - like a treaty.

Buddy Big Mountain uses an illusion to begin his act with that statement, a clear indication that comedy and highly-skilled manipulation with marionettes and puppets is yet to come.

Big Mountain puts his marionette family to work in a mini pow wow with a grass dancer, traditional male dancer, jingle dress, fancy shawl and fancy men’s dancer while he explains the meaning of each dance to the audience; which on Aug. 12, was predominantly non-Indian.

 

Staging a Showstopper

 

It's a long road trip -- 110 performances at more than 50 sites.

For Spc. McKenzie Quint, the time spent entertaining people is the ultimate reward for a soldier.

The Fort Huachuca soldier was one of 17 cast members who made it through the grueling audition process to be part of the 2003 Army Soldier Show.

"It's rewarding, both as a person and as a soldier," Quint said after the opening show Thursday night at the Buena Performing Arts Center.

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Education News

Education News

License to Teach

Cleo Wells and Emelene Baltazar know the nuances of the Jicarilla Apache language.

But until Jicarilla Apache President Claudia Vigil-Muniz signed an agreement with the New Mexico Board of Education recently, these two women couldn't enter the public elementary school in Dulce with the right to teach what they know. They don't possess college degrees in education.

 

Acting On a Vision

The aging elementary school in the middle of town is one of only two majority Native American public schools in Oregon. For years, it has been a dismal failure, turning out students who are so poorly equipped for high school that almost half drop out.

But when members of the resurgent tribal confederation that dominates this town got wind that the school might close, they panicked at the thought of losing their hometown school, however flawed.

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Living Traditions

Living Traditions

Tribal Leader Learned to Help by Following His Family's Example

Eugene Pino was 10 years old when his career as a tribal leader began to take shape.

He remembers both Indians and non-Indians stopping at his great grandparents' general store on San Ildefonso Pueblo.

Pino's great-grandmother gave away more flour and potatoes at the store than she sold, he said.

 

The Maidu Hawaiian Connection

The only things missing were the soft breeze of the Trade Winds and the sound of waves crashing on the shore. If you closed your eyes and just listened, you would have surely thought you’d been transported to the tropical islands of Hawaii instead of sitting in the shade of cedars and pines at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center outside of Nevada City. Over 500 people attended the first North Columbia Folklife Festival on July 26, celebrating Hawaii and its California connections. The Center is the hub of culture for the rural San Juan Ridge, that also attracts audience members from afar with unique and stimulating programs.

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Health and Wellness

Art News

Recovery Month, September 2003
Join the Voices of Recovery: Celebrate Health!

White Bison, Inc. announces National Native American Wellbriety Month, in conjunction with National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, to be celebrated in Native American communities nationwide throughout the month of September.

In addition to the national multicultural celebration, CSAT, The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, a part of SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in partnership with White Bison, Inc., an American Indian non-profit organization, are co-sponsoring special Native American community education events and celebrations.

 

Show highlights Native American Art

Look at James Starkey ledger art with its exquisite themes, detail and color, and it speaks volumes of the Lakota man's heritage, history and continuing evolution.

"In any great art, you recognize the humanity," he says.

At 38, Starkey has struggled to get his work into the mainstream. He has steered clear of pot-boiler, Southwest fad-based art. Starkey paints what he knows. "It contains a story that I tell the collector, and as the years go by, the story grows and changes," Starkey says.

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Health and Wellness

Living Traditions

Ego-Feasts

The dreams of the young feed a growing ego. It is what makes us remember childhood friends with tainted eyes. I know I would not want to be judged for the 13 year old I once was, would you? In my life, I have started digging a hole to China and only found the water table. I have dreamed of chasing the wind and have ended up chasing my own tale. I have stubbed my toes on fame more than once and only ended up with bloody feet. When we are young we believe fame is something that is honorable to seek. However as I have grown older I have come to abhor the ego-feasts, they have left far too many emotional scars.

 

Historic Walk To Be Re-enacted By Area Tribal Members

On Saturday, September 13, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians and the Mendocino National Forest will co-sponsor a traditional Native American gathering in Paskenta to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the Nome Cult Trail, the forced relocation of Indians from Chico across what is now the Mendocino National Forest to Round Valley.

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About This Issue's Greeting - "Hescha"

Another name for the Creeks is Muscogees. Muscogee is also the name of the language of the largest group within the Creeks. Other groups spoke Alabama, Koasiti, Hitchiti, Natchez, Yuchi, and Shawnee. Often when people refer to speaking Creek or to the Creek language, they mean Muscogee, but it's not always clear which language they are referring to.

This Date In History

 

Recipe: Wrap n' Roll

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Story: The Great Race

 

What is this: Black-billed Magpie

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Craft Project: Juice Box Puppets

 
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Opportunities

"OPPORTUNITIES" is gathered from sources distributed nationally and includes scholarships, grants, internships, fellowships, and career opportunities as well as announcements for conferences, workshops and symposia.

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