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Canku Ota (Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
May 3, 2003 - Issue 86
We Salute
Kimberly TallBear

Kimberly TallBear, a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, has been awarded
a three-year fellowship by the National Science Foundation. The National
Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the U.S. Government. Its
mission is "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national
health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense".
Keith Bear

Keith Bearâ??s name in the Nu Eâ??ta (Mandan) language is Oâ??Mashi! Ryu Tâ. 

means Northern Lights or He Makes the Sky Burn with Great Flame. A
self-taught flute player, Bear has been performing since 1986. His critically
acclaimed performances include traditional storytelling and the sacred
Buffalo Dance, a ceremony which only honored tribal members may perform.
A Healthy Village Begins

A community that continues to battle diabetes and set up programs to combat
the disease should be in the market to create a healthy community.

Not just a community that tends to its health issues, but an entirely new
village with businesses, homes, a cultural center, and government offices in
an attractive setting.
Thunderhawk - The Great Cross Country Adventure - Part 9
by Geoff Hampton
Writer Geoff Hampton shares this story that should delight both young and old.
Interesting Sidelights on the History of the Early Fur Trade Industry (part
4) submitted by Timm Severud (Ondamitag)

The talk given by W.W. Bartlett at the gathering of Chippewa Valley
Historical Society at the Ermatinger place at Jim Falls on Saturday (June 10,
1925) on early fur trading in this section of the state was a great
revelation to those present and provided his listeners with much that was new
and interesting in connection with the early history of this section.
The Legend of Rice Lake
submitted by Timm Severud (Ondamitag)

Almost every lake, stream and cave in Northern Wisconsin is connected with
some Indian legend. Most of them are tales of the power of Wenabozhoo.

Many, many moons ago, when all the world was new, Wenabozhoo led a lonely,
wondering life. Frequently he visited Gitchee Gumee, which he himself had
made, and the Apostle Islands formed by him on a beaver hunt long ago.
Walking In The Sand

With our canoes beached upon the shores at Ozette, I was Walking In The Sand
visiting my friends in their camps and admiring the natural world around us.
Viewing the shorelines from our camps is very breathtaking. The sceneries
have stunning beauty. The sandy beaches along the shores, the many tide pools
with their magical world of sea life amongst the rocky outcroppings at low
tide; the islands, some small and flat while others majestically stand
proudly out of the sea with sea birds, colorful flowers, and small trees upon
them, are scattered along the coastline, with the voices of nature, the
ocean's mystical calling, the sea lions barking, the eagles calling out to
each other (and sometimes you feel they are calling to you while they are
looking right at you) - all these things are filling our senses with peace
and harmony.
Mighty chinook overcome dams, predators, nets and keep coming back

Bright as polished chrome, this monster chinook pulled thrashing from the
lower Columbia River fixes its black eye on me as I draw close. Fascinated by
its silver sheen, its huge size ? it's nearly as long as my leg â
untold, unimaginable story of its journey to the deep Pacific and back, I
trace my index finger along the slippery slope of its nose.
Paiutes are Developing Their Land and Rediscovering Their Heritage

On April 3, 1980, the U.S. government reinstated the Utah Paiutes as an
official tribe after having dropped them 26 years earlier. Among the restored
was the tribe's Indian Peaks Band, whose ancestors lived in cedar houses
scattered over this remote range where they farmed potatoes, turnips and wheat.
Lessons Bridge Past, Future

The lesson Nicola Larsen and Margaret Valdez were teaching the 3- to
5-year-olds was the same as any other pre-kindergarten classroom -- colors,
numbers and the days of the week.

The words they were using however, were from the Yowlumni language.
Teaching Tool Explores Indian Tribes in State

Not all American Indian tribes in Oklahoma lived in tepees and served buffalo
as a main course.

Historically, the Caddos built log houses, and the Wichitas made thatch
homes, while the Cheyenne raised tepees. The Plains Indians of the past
hunted buffalo and antelope, while the Eastern Woodlands tribes brought their
knowledge of bean, corn and squash cultivation with them to Oklahoma.
Schools Seek Way to Save Struggling Language

Kitikmeot school officials are working toward bilingual schools in the region
in an effort to save a regional dialect of the Inuit language.

The government department held a workshop on the subject this week in
Cambridge Bay.
Native Tongue

While support has been strong for Yup'ik instruction in schools, that support
may be waning

The first-grade classroom at Z. John Williams School could be anywhere in
America. Pint-size wooden chairs and knee-high tables, plastic bins of
crayons, walls plastered with colorful posters and strings of alphabet letters.
New Fund to Benefit Students

The American Indian College Fund has announced a new college fund established
in honor of Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa, believed to be the first American Indian
woman killed in combat.

Piestewa, a Hopi Indian from Tuba City, Ariz., died in southern Iraq. She was
a single mother with two children, ages 4 and 3.
Billy Mills Scholarship Established at KU

University of Kansas alumnus and Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills hopes
American Indian students studying education at KU will go on to teaching
careers that will strengthen their communities.
Mishosha, or the Magician and His Daughters
submitted by Timm Severud (Ondamitag)

'Mishosha' is not a myth, which conveys important cultural information such
at the origin of a clan totem, but was meant for entertainment during long
winter evenings in the lodge. Set on Grand Island in Lake Superior, there are
repeated trials of Magic, and the story is discursive, as Ojibwa stories
often are. But lodge stories were also meant for edification.
Yankee Joe
submitted by Timm Severud (Ondamitag)

Within the history and heritage of the community of Lac Courte Oreilles,
there stands one great mystery for our white neighbors.  The historians only
know him as Indian Joe.  They know he had two brothers.  Lastly they know
that on very rare occasion he would shyly mention his wife at Lac Courte
Oreilles. To Lac Courte Oreilles members he was known as Yankee Joe, a member
of the Lac du Flambeau Band who married a woman from Trading Post and lived
there just southeast of the community on along a creek which bears his name
Yankee Joe Creek.
Indian Students Get a Capitol Lesson

Margaret Leyva's high school has a Christian club, a Latino club, and a club
for African Americans. But she said Florin High School in the Elk Grove
Unified District doesn't have a club specifically geared toward students like
herself -- American Indians.

She hopes that will change someday and she's learning how to be an agent for 
Kids Voting May Expand to Tribal Elections

In effort by members of Kids Voting in South Dakota to bring Native American
tribal elections into the program could be the first of its kind in the
nation, the state director of the program says.
Wakina Store Teaches Indian Children a Variety of Disciplines

A new downtown Helena business called the Wakina Store opened its doors for
the first time Friday for students of the Wakina Sky after-school program.

Wakina Sky is a nonprofit organization designed to provide an academic and
cultural bridge to meet the needs of American Indian children in the urban 
Ancient Dance Offers Girls a Passage to Womanhood

Her black tennis shoes stomp and fly. Under a black kerchief, Ana Esquivelâ??s
face is serious with concentration, but when her feet leave the ground in the
dance of maíz, her smile briefly transforms her from a young woman into a
very happy girl.
Indian Culture Focus of New Campus

Behind Hesperia Lake 11 earthen domes in varying stages of construction catch
the eyes of many who visit.

One of the domes is finished and adorned with brightly colored tiles. The
others show promise of being equally attractive when completed.
Hoopa Valley Radio:Native Radio Sets the Standards

"Before radio, we had bulletin boards." KIDE 91.3 station manager Joseph
Orozco remembers the days before the Native American Hupa tribe had its own
station. "Every store and just about every public wall around had cork board
mounted somewhere. People would post their bulletins on different colors of
paper that attract the eye. The wind would come up and blow and rustle them 
Weaver's Dream
Native Artist Inspects Tlingit Trove Destined For New Museum

George Gustav Heye, a wealthy New Yorker born in 1874, was a compulsive
collector of Native American artifacts. He would visit Indian reservations
and be anxious and irritable until he'd bought everything in sight. He
sponsored digs. He bought out other collectors. By the time he died, his
collection had grown to 800,000 items.
Leave it to the Weavers

Pine needles, cypress and palmetto -- all can be woven into baskets. And all
will be woven into baskets at this year's Jazzfest.

The grand dame of Jazzfest basket makers, Savannah Lewis of New Orleans, will
be back again with her pine-needle baskets, for the 26th time. Another
returning regular is Bob Reasoner of Patterson, who started making cypress
baskets after he was laid off from the oil fields.
MSU Professor writes â??Guide' to Native American History

Walter C. Fleming couldn't find texts on American Indians written from an
Indian perspective for the classes he teaches at Montana State University, so
he wrote a book himself.

It's called "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Native American History."
First Nations Schools in B.C. Will Receive $1.4 Million

On-reserve First Nations schools in British Columbia will receive an
additional $1.4 million from the Government of Canada for computers, Internet
access, technical support and training. The funds will be administered by
local Aboriginal organizations. Industry Canada's First Nations SchoolNet
Program has chosen the First Nations Education Steering Committee and the
First Nations Schools Association to manage and deliver the services until
March 2004.
This Date In History
Recipe: Pancakes
Story: When the Animals, Birds and Trees Were Created
What is this: Harbor Seal
Craft Project: Mother's Day Ideas
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