Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
March 25, 2000 - Issue 06

O si yo

The Cherokee Greeting - pronounced Oh-see-YOH.

"Hello.", "Hi.", "How are you?", "How are things?"

Spring Thaw by Robert Bateman


The Month (Moon) of the EAGLE


"You who are so wise must know that different nations have different conceptions of things. You will not therefore think it amiss if our ideas of the white man's kind of education happens not to be the same as yours. We have had some experience of it.
Several of our young people were brought up in your colleges. They were instructed in all your sciences; but, when they came back to us, they were bad runners, ignorant of every means of living in the woods, unable to bear either cold or hunger. They didn't know how to build a cabin, take a deer, or kill an enemy. They spoke our language imperfectly.
They were therefore unfit to be hunters, warriors, of counselors; they were good for nothing.
We are, however, not the less obliged for your kind offer, though we decline accepting it. To show your gratefulness, if the gentlemen of Virginia shall send us a dozen of their sons, we will take great care with their education, instruct them in all we know, and make men out of them."


We salute- Tom Goldtooth

Tom Goldtooth (Dine') is the national spokesperson for the Indigenous Environmental Network (lEN). He is involved with local, state, national and international issues directly related to the environmental justice movement. He advises various science and historical museums on the repatriation, deassessment and reburial of human remains and return of cultural items. He is dedicated to the empowerment of grassroots communities, maintaining Indigenous traditional values, and the protection of Indigenous rights and self-determination. He believes that to work for the struggle of protecting the earth, one has to respect the sacredness of the creative principle of women that is rooted in Mother Earth. click here

Germaine Arnaktauyok

Germaine Arnaktauyok was born near Igloolik in 1946 to Isidore Iytok and Therese Natteq (there are sculptures by her mother in the WAG collection). She remembers her early years on the land with her parents and seven siblings as a happy time, and recalls drawing on gum wrappers and any bits of paper she could find. click here

Preserving History Through Saving Songs

Just as I crossed Devils Lake on my way to visit a relative on the Spirit Lake reservation, I couldn't miss a large bald eagle sitting on a dead limb at the edge of the lake. Some say it is good luck to see an eagle. I hoped that was true because my purpose at Spirit Lake was to help preserve some of the old Sahnish (Arikara) songs. click here


"Drumbeat for Mother Earth" Wins Awards

"Drumbeat for Mother Earth," a documentary produced by the Indigenous Environmental Network and Greenpeace has been awarded a top prize from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. The film was recognized as Best Environmental Documentary.
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Two Stories From Lac Courte Oreilles

And they said this man's family was starving and he had gone hunting day after day. Came home and didn't bring any food. And he was getting very despondent. And he was walking. As he was down by the stream he happened to look across it. And there was a big frog sitting there, a giant frog. click here


What's In A Name?

Thank goodness for the Hoopa Valley HS boys basketball team. The Warriors are a California Division V powerhouse, reaching the northern California tournament three times in six years-and twice earning a spot in the Nor Cal title game. click here


Grizzlies Under the Gun!

As the Great Bear snoozes, blanketed by snow in the heart of the Northern Rockies, the debate over its future continues to burn. The battle over grizzly protection has just flared up again with the March 1st release of the draft Conservation Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in the Yellowstone Area (CS). click here


Natives offer special connections to Alaska

Alaska Natives whose families have occupied the same ground for 1,500 to 10,000 years live the history. They can transform common things like a tool shed or a weathered boat into a fascinating tale of history. click here


Common Errors & Myths Found in Bear Literature

There are 8 bear species. The Giant Panda IS a bear, NOT a raccoon. The 8 species are: Brown Bear, Black Bear, Polar Bear, Spectacled Bear, Sloth Bear, Asiatic Black Bear, Giant Panda, Sun Bear. click here

Native American Aboriginal Songwriting
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Just What is a Pow Wow??

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Cherokee Festivals
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Peace & Dignity Runs 2000
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"OPPORTUNITIES" is 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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About This Issue's Greeting - "O SI YO"


Linguists tell us that Cherokee is a branch of the Iroquoian language family, related to Cayuga, Seneca, Onondaga, Wyandot-Huron, Tuscarora, Oneida and
Mohawk. Linguists believe that the Cherokee migrated from the Great Lakes area to the Southeast over three thousand years ago.
Cherokees are the only Native American People who possess a writing system equivalent to the European alphabet

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Recipe: Southwest Specials click here

Story: How the Butterflies Came to Be
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What is this: Brown or Grizzly?
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Butterfly Activities: click here

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