Canku Ota
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
Traditions - Arts and Crafts
Traditons- Food
Traditions - Music and Dance
Traditions - Clothing
Traditions - Games
Traditions - Transportation
Traditions - Dwellings
Music and Dance
Creations Journey
Presented by the National Museum of the American Indian. From powwow music to Christian songs in Cherokee to Irish reels, Native peoples from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Bolivia present living traditions and crossovers to Euro-American musics.
Crow Fair
The Crow Fair Powwow, Rodeo and Race Meet is the largest Northern Plains Indian celebration in Montana, and one of the biggest powwows in the country.
Dance Styles
As even the most novice of visitors will notice, there are many different styles of dance seen at pow wows. Although every dancer looks different, there are certain guidelines that all dancers follow when making their regalia. (Notice the lack of the word costume.) These styles have evolved from the old days and each has its own unique story and traditions
Inuit throat singing
A kind of competition between two singers, throat singing is ideal for cold climates.
New Dawn of Tradition: A Wisconsin Powwow
Experience a Wisconsin powwow and learn about one aspect of Native American Culture through the New Dawn of Tradition video program and Web site. The resources on this Web site and the 15 minute instructional television program are designed for fourth and fifth grade students
Special Songs
Many times, during cultural events and public presentations, there is a need to have special songs of societies, flag songs, family songs, etc. Men such as you see in this photo are responsible for rendering those songs. Chief Earl Old Person is one of the Blackfeet who have been gifted with the knowledge of them. These songs are used in honorings, giveaways, recognition of society members, and respect for veterans.
Ute Bear Dance
The annual Ute Bear Dance in June is social and honors the grizzly bear, who was created by Sinawaf, the One-Above, to teach the Ute strength, wisdom, and survival, and to resist the mischief of Coyote. The dance is to awaken bear, and he will lead the people to gather roots, nuts, and berries. During this four-day festival the women choose partners, and this often leads to courtship and marriage.
Building a Birchbark Canoe
We build birchbark canoes using historically documented methods and materials. The following example shows the construction of a 15 foot Ojibwe style ricing canoe that we built.
Ivakkak: The Return of the Inuit Dogs
To this date, the pure-bred Husky dog is nearly extinct in Nunavik. Nowadays, the people mostly travel by snowmobile. Yet, the memories of another time when dogs were man's most reliable partners are not so far behind. In a desire to bring back the dogs to Nunavik, Makivik, a corporation representing the Inuit of Nunavik, organized Nunavik's own dog team race, one that would pass through various communities. With the support of other northern organizations, Ivakkak 2001 was born. Given its name by Nunavik Governor and old time dog teamer Johnny Watt, the first Ivakkak, an Inuit word that means "when the dogs are at their best pace" would begin on the Hudson Coast, from Umiujaq to Puvirnituq, passing through Inukjuak.
Native American Watercraft-Tomol
The Chumash. who lived in the Santa Barbara Channel area and the Tongva who lived south of Malibu (sometimes called Gabrielleno by the Europeans) were an ocean people. They has a very special relationship with the sea, which nourished and sustained them. The Chumash built a unique watercraft, a plank canoe called a tomol to travel on the ocean
Nez Perce Horse Registry
The Nez Perce Horse, administered by the Nez Perce Young Horsemen Project will re-establish the Nez Perce as the leaders in horsemanship.
Skin Boats
The Alutiiq constructed two distinct types of boats - large open skin vessels known as anyaq (called baidara by the Russians) and smaller skin-covered qayak (called baidarka by the Russians).
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