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Canku Ota (Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
January 25, 2002 - Issue 79
We Salute
Cecelia Lucero

"I am a child of the land. My father instilled in me a reverence for the land
of my birth. He taught me a sense of place. In the words of Irving Standing
Chief, 'In my grandfather's time, knowledge of the world was the power; in
this generation, knowledge is the power of the world.' By integrating
traditional Pueblo teachings into my environmental science lessons, my
students are making a connection to their own sense of place through the
knowledge they are gaining on our reservation. I am teaching a second
generation of students and these children are sharing their knowledge with
their parents who didn't have the opportunity to learn this in the past." --
In the next several issues, we're going to introduce you to some of the
contributors who make "Canku Ota" what it is. One of these is Geoff Hampton,
the author of "Thunderhawk" and "Cowrate." So, meet Geoff!
John Hoover

John Hoover was born in Cordova, Alaska although he now resides in Washington
State. Born to an Aleut mother, who was raised by Russian priests and a
German father, John spent his youth, involved in a combination of fishing and
art making. His participation in boat building inspired his interest in
sculpture. Inspiration for his personal artistic vision began with
traditional Northwest Coast Indian carvings. John was drawn to their colors
and to the legends that they illustrated. His work has continued to develop
and move into the more surreal as a result of travels to Japan, Taiwan and
the Philippines where he learned the woodworking techniques of those
indigenous cultures.
Wheat Kings, City Honor Toots

The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings have honoured right-winger
Jordin Tootoo for his outstanding Silver Medal performance at the 2003 IIHF
World Junior Hockey Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Thunderhawk - The Great Cross Country Adventure - Part 2
by Geoff Hampton

Writer Geoff Hampton shares this story that should delight both young and old.
Dairy of Chippewa River Trip in 1868 Describes Abode of Jean Brunet,
Picturesque Figure of the Early Days
submitted by Timm Severud (Ondamitag)

>From the Eau Claire Telegram August 18, 1917; From the Sunday Leader, in four

The Leader has obtained from C.H. Cooke of Mondovi, a pioneer farmer of the
Chippewa Valley, a diary of a canoe trip up the Chippewa River in the spring
of 1868 in company with Captain Shadrach A. Hall, principle of the old
Wesleyan Seminary, which stood on the site now occupied by the Eau Claire
High School, and George Sutherland, brother of A.J. Sutherland of this city.
American Indian College Fund Announces New Morgan Stanley Scholars Program

The American Indian College Fund today received a grant of almost $200,000
from Morgan Stanley. The two-year grant provides funding for two new
scholarships aimed at increasing American Indian participation in the
financial services industry.
Tribal Colleges a Study in Success

When college language instructor George Roy greets his students in Ojibwa 101
each semester, he tells them that he also goes by another name.

"My tribal family name is Signaak and it means 'Blackbird,'" explains Roy,
56, an instructor in the Native American studies program at Saginaw Chippewa
Tribal College, located 65 miles north of Lansing.
Navajo Physician is Twice the Healer

Before seeing his patients, Dr. Michael Tutt sits quietly as nurse Anna
Barber folds and ties his waist-long black hair into a traditional Navajo
knot, or tsiiyéél.

Tutt, whose grandfather was a medicine man and whose mother was a nurse,
works at the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital on the Navajo Reservation, and in
nearby clinics. He is one of a small but growing number of American Indian
Seminoles Rev Up Campaign To Fight Diabetes

Elsie Bowers recalls a childhood on a rural Florida Seminole reservation
where walking was the only way to get around. She helped grow beans and corn,
and boys helped hunt wild hog and deer. It's not the same for kids, today,
she said.

"All they know is McDonald's," said Bowers, 62.
Making History

As the only Navajo female attending West Point Academy, cadet Sierra Blue
continues to deal with loneliness and the pressures of academics.

"It took me a couple of years to get adjusted," Blue said. "It gets lonely
from time to time."
Penn State 'Recruiter' Visits Hopi High School

Ted Honyumptewa, a sophomore at Penn State, dropped by Hopi High School Jan.
9 to let students know what the university has to offer.

Honyumptewa, who serves as a volunteer recruiter for Penn State, said the
university is one of the most academically competitive in the nation. He is
the lone Hopi student among the 41,000 on campus and said 75 percent of the
students attending Penn State have some sort of scholarship. There are 40
Native Americans in attendance.
State Urged to Allow Teaching of Tribal Languages in Schools

Tribal elders from all corners of the state appeared before the Washington
State Board of Education on Wednesday to urge the board to act now to approve
a pilot program certifying American Indian language and culture teachers.

More than 130 tribal representatives crowded into the board hearing room,
offering a prayer song led by Lummi elder Pauline Hillaire to "clear the way"
for a positive exchange of ideas before testimony began.
Thanks to one scholar, study of Native literature became a vital academic field

LaVonne Brown Ruoff's interest in American Indian literature began not as a
scholar but as an adoptive parent of a Native American child.

"My children were learning absolutely nothing about American Indians in
school," said. "The only time schools — and this is largely still true —
deal with American Indians is at Thanksgiving, when every Indian in Chicago
loves to leave town."
Burial Site Marks Cultural Effort

Human remains were disturbed three winters ago during an archaeological dig
at a 5,000-year-old village midden at the east end of the bridge. Florida law
requires an archaeological survey when prehistoric sites may be disturbed,
but no one seemed thrilled about finding pieces of human bones in the path of
a fast-tracked federal highway project. Not archaeologists, nor state and
federal officials, nor American Indians who claimed kinship.
Cheyenne Runners Retrace 400-mile Breakout Exodus

The Breakout Runners retraced the Northern Cheyenne exodus in 1879 from the
Fort Robinson military prison in Nebraska to their homeland near the Tongue
River. Dozens were killed or died of starvation and exposure. Their corpses
were collected and dissected by medical students and museum keepers. Remains
of 18 of the Break Out victims were returned to Busby in 1993 and buried on a
grassy hill overlooking town.
Keeping a Tradition Alive

Learning how to cultivate and collect the sometimes hard to get natural
products used to make traditional Pomo baskets in Northern California was a
goal of a two-day conference put on over the weekend at Lake Mendocino and at
the Robinson Rancheria in Lake County.
Shoe Game Teaches About Animals, Fairness

Wintertime, with its short days and long nights, is the time for telling
stories about animals and playing games like the Navajo Shoe Game.
Bilingual classes from Central School District are teaching one another about
the game. Ts Bit'Ai Middle School pupils shared their knowledge of the Shoe
Game with younger pupils when they recently toured elementary schools in
Tribes Major Part of Lewis & Clark Kickoff Festivity

America began its bicentennial commemoration of the Lewis and Clark
Expedition on Saturday to the drumbeat of Indian nations that were old when
this nation was new and whose people had long loved the landscapes that
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were credited with discovering.
'Indian Hall' restored

His prayer transcending 200 years and countless thousand broken hearts,
Mandan-Hidatsa elder Gail Baker came to the home of Thomas Jefferson on
Wednesday night to bless a collection of artifacts and replicas reminiscent
of those given by his ancestors to the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William
Four Nunavummiut Receive Order of Canada

On Friday, January 17, four Nunavummiut were appointed to the Order of
Canada. It's the country's highest honour for lifetime achievement.
Three From Arts Community Win Prestigious National Aboriginal Achievement

Three Aboriginals from the arts community – rock legend Robbie Robertson,
writer Tom King and fiddler John Arcand are three of the 14 recipients to win
a prestigious National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Aboriginal
community's highest honour.
This Date In History
Recipe: Hearty Soups and Stews
Story: How the Partridge Got His Whistle
What is this: Diamondback Terrapin
Craft Project: Wild Bird Food
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