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Mi'kmaq MOON
January is the month of the Wolf Moon
(Also known as the Hunger Moon)

January's Moon is traditionally known as the Wolf Moon.
Although some of the Moon cycles are known by the same names through different
cultural traditions and folklore, the name Ice Moon is another name commonly 
for the first Moon of the year.   In the natural world,  January is the 
middle of the
winter season, a time of  desolation.
It is appropriate, therefore, that the legends chosen for the Wolf Moon are 
tales of
both beginnings and endings

The Moon for Jan 15, 2003
(At Midnight, US Central time, as viewed from the Northern Hemisphere)
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Soft Autumn light gives way
As the cold tightens its grip
Winter might last, unbroken,
Into March or April
Before a new season appears

Native People Empowered
Sacheen Littlefeather
(Maria Cruz)
Born: 1947
Birthplace: California

Sacheen Littlefeather is best known for having appeared at Marlon Brando's 
behest at the
Academy Awards ceremony in 1973, where, in Apache dress, she refused Brando's 
Best Actor
Oscar for The Godfather to protest Hollywood's treatment of American Indians. 
Littlefeather, then
a B movie actress and sometime activist, is of Yaqui ancestry.

Below is a copy of what she said at the 45th Academy
Awards presentation, on March 27, 1973.

"Hello. My name is Sacheen Littlefeather. I am an Apache and I am the president 
of the National
Native American Affirmative Image Committee.

I'm representing Marlon Brando this evening and he has asked me to tell you, in 
a very long speech
which I cannot share with you presently  - because of time - but I will be 
glad to share with the press
afterward, that he must very regretfully cannot accept this very generous 
award. And the reason for this
being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film 
industry… excuse me… and on television
in movie re-runs, and also the recent happenings at Wounded Knee.

I beg at this time that I have not intruded upon this evening and that we will, 
in the future… our hearts and
our understanding will meet with love and generosity.

Thank you on behalf of Marlon Brando."

This story has been passed down from generation to generation since time 
immemorial and it explains
how Mik'Maq people came into existence in North America. The story tells about 
the relationship between
the Great Spirit Creator and Human Beings and the Environment. It also explains 
a philosophical view of life
which is indigenous to North America. This way of thinking is evident in the 
Native Languages and Cultures
and in the spiritual practices.

The fact that the Mik'Maq people’s language, culture and spiritualism has 
survived for centuries is based
on the creation story. Respect for their elders has given them wisdom about 
life and the world around them.
The strength of their youth has given them the will to survive. The love and 
trust of their motherhood has given
them a special understanding of everyday life.

Among the Mik'Maq people, the number seven is very meaningful. There are seven 
districts for distinct areas
which encompasses an area of land stretching from the Gaspé coast of Quebec 
and includes New Brunswick,
Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. The most powerful spirit medicine is made 
from seven barks and roots.
Seven men, representatives from each distinct area or Grand Council District 
sit inside a sweat-lodge smoke
the pipe and burn the sweet grass. Inside the sweat-lodge, the Mik'Maqs will 
pour water over seven, fourteen and
then twenty-one heated rocks to produce hot steam. A cleansing or purification 
takes place. A symbolic rebirth
takes place and the men give thanks to the Spirit Creator, the Sun and the 
Earth. They also give thanks the first
family, Glooscap, Nogami, Netaoansom, and Neganagonimgoosisgo. Listen to the 

MicMac Creation Story

Written by Momfeather

Soft Music
I want to be a flute through which the
soft music of the spirit, and the love of
life can flow. I want to share my passion
and feel the healing touch, which not
only heals me, but others. I desire to
walk in a kinder world, without being
exhausted. I love and cherish others and
myself. I want to reach inside to console
those around me. Everything has its own
song and sound. The water, wind and
fire all create musical sound. Each with
love and beauty. You too can become
a flute with sweet flowing music.

History for Homeschooled Girls
Isabel Shaw 

More Resources, and Making It Work

On the Web
The National Women’s History Project was founded almost 20 years ago. The 
group continues to
offer a wide array of history resources and special features each month.

Women's History Resources:
· FamilyEducation Quizzes and More
· FactMonster's Women of Influence
· InfoPlease's Timelines and Special Features

The Web has made even obscure facts about women's history accessible to 
everyone. Did you know
that the whole story of Pocahontas and John Smith is a myth? Decide for 
yourself at: www.powhatan.org.
What is your Women's History IQ? Take this quiz and find out. How about some 
printables on women in
history? Here's an extensive list of well-chosen resources on women's history.

Historical Artbooks
For good quality coloring books about strong women in history, try these titles 
from Bellerophon Books
 (books are $3.95 and up): Women Explorers, Woman Composers, Cowgirls, and 
Civil War Heroines. The
paper dolls are unusual, too. I knew I was on the right track when my then 
six-year-old orchestrated a conversation
 between Susan B. Anthony and Golda Meir. ( Great Women Paper Dolls is $4.95.)

Videotapes are important resources for women’s history. I recommend Anne 
Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt,
Josephine Baker, and a three-part series titled, A Century of Women.

The Ken Burns' documentary on Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony 
highlights the struggles and
accomplishments of these two amazing women. Share with your daughter how the 
course of history was changed
by their tireless efforts for women everywhere.

Pulling It All Together
Most homeschoolers use several resources to make learning effective. 
Discovering one interesting aspect of
history often leads to another: After renting a movie about Joan of Arc (from 
the CBS miniseries), my daughter
and I did a Web search on the medieval heroine and saint. We viewed documents 
containing her signature, r
ead transcripts of her trial, and saw the banner she carried into battle in 
1431 at www.joan-of-arc.org

Inspired, my daughter read Joan of Arc, by Diane Stanley (for ages eight and 
up), and Young Joan, by Barbara
Dana (for ages eight and up), and then requested more books on medieval 
history. We found Theresa Tomlinson's
The Forestwife (for ages nine and up), a reworking of the Robin Hood story that 
focuses on Maid Marian, and
Karen Cushman's The Midwife’s Apprentice (for ages nine and up), a Newbery 
Award-winning portrayal of medieval women.

Inspiration for Tomorrow
By focusing on women of the past, our daughters can learn what they’re 
capable of today -- and tomorrow.
Heroic women, everyday women, and those who dared to be different all teach our 
daughters to believe in themselves
 and follow their dreams. With a little help from you, those dreams just might 
become a reality.
  History for Homeschooled Girls (Part 2)   

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