Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
April 22, 2000 - Issue 08

Hau! (Men's Speech) - Han! (Lady's Speech)

The Dakota Greeting - pronounced - How (male) - Han (Female)

the "n" is nasalized ... according to Albert White Hat Sr. ... to practice "Plug your nose."

"Hello.", "Hi."




"The Earth Flag is my symbol of the task before us all. Only in the last quarter of my life have we come to know what it means to be custodians of the future of the Earth - to know that unless we care, unless we check the rapacious exploitations of our Earth and protect it, we are endangering the future of our children and our children's children. we did not know this before, except in little pieces. People knew that they had to take care of their own...but it was not until we saw the picture of the earth, from the moon, that we realized how small and how helpless this planet is - something that we must hold in our arms and care for."

Margaret Mead, March 21, 1977

Celebrate Earthday April 22, 2000 and Everyday

We salute- Joseph Burton De La Cruz

Joe DeLaCruz, a giant cedar of a man who helped lead his Quinault Indian Nation and other Native American tribes toward self-government, died Sunday (April 16) at age 62.

From his roots in the coastal Olympic rain forest, Mr. DeLaCruz rose to the presidency of his tribe and eventually became a national spokesman for Native Americans insisting on their right to govern themselves and control their own destiny.


Featured School - Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School

We are very pleased and proud to feature the writings of the Third Grade Students from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School from northwestern Wisconsin. They tell us, in their own words, about their school, its history, learning the Ojibwe Language and pow wows. Canku Ota sends a big Mi'gwetch to the students, their teachers, and the elders who help them.


L. David Eveningthunder

L. David Eveningthunder, Shoshone, spent his early childhood on the Shoshone-Bannock Reservation in Fort Hall, Idaho. The spiritual guidance he received from his father and grandfather, both medicine people, helped him maintain his identity even after he became orphaned at a young age and was taken away from his people.


The Wallam Olum
A Legend of the Lenape Indians

WALLAM OLUM, meaning, red score, is a translation from the picture writing record of the Lenãpe Indians by Daniel G. Briton about 1860. In the language and dialect of the Delaware Indians and a legend of the Creation, the Great Flood, Migration and History from their beginning to the time of the coming of the white man to the eastern shore of Delaware.


Indian Children Find Forum to Perform in Their Own Language

The Santa Fe-based Institute for the Preservation of the Original Languages of the Americas held its Second Annual Native American Youth Language Fair & Pow Wow at the Santa Fe Indian School to showcase the talents of Native American children in speaking and performing in their native languages.


Spring Time is 'Iskigamiziigewin'

RED LAKE, Minn. -- Harvesting maple sugar is an ancient process that the Red Lake people have done for as long as they can remember.

In early spring when the snow has melted, sap surges into the trees to nourish them like breast milk from the mother that feeds a baby to give it strength and life.


 Keeping the Flame Alive
Native Elders Find Inspiration, Comfort in Traditional Dancing

Wacipi audiences are sometimes amazed as they watch dancers fast-step for almost an hour nonstop. It is even more remarkable when that person is over 50 years old.


Campers Take Sacred Fire on the Road

The fire is gone, but the protest lives on. The sacred fire that was lit more than a year ago at the Indian protest encampment on La Framboise Island has temporarily left the site, campers said Wednesday.


An Ancient Path to Health and Wellness

Interestingly, it now appears that that most accessible tool for reconnecting with ourselves may be the drum, a gift from the indigenous world.


Pow Wow Dance Styles

Dancing creates excitement at powwows!
In the next two issues, Canku Ota will explore powwow dance styles. Dance styles vary from area to area.


Rural Net Plan Raises Hope

Michael Bonner, a fifth-grade teacher at Mesa Elementary School in Shiprock, has a problem he hopes Bill Clinton will help him solve when the president visits the Navajo Nation on Monday, April 17.

"We don't have much access to the Internet, and what we do have is slow and unreliable," Bonner said. "The real losers are the kids."


Clinton's Remarks to the Navajo Nation

Following is a transcript of remarks made by President Clinton April 17 to the people of the Navajo Nation: Boys and Girls Club of Shiprock, Shiprock, New Mexico.


Games We Love to Play

Games are far more than a time of play in Native American cultures. They symbolize the chase, the harvest and other fertility events in nature, important ceremonies, events in the agricultural cycle, war remembrances and preparations and the discovery of probable outcomes of human efforts.


How the Great Holy Being Honored Beloved Meadow Lark

Spring is here. In fact, it appears as though it never left. My elders often told stories that foretold the future based upon their long history of observing nature. These warm days in the waning days of winter remind me of the time one elder told me how to predict the coming winter. He said that when the geese fly high going south in the fall, that is a sign that the winter is going to be cold and full of snow. If, however, the geese fly low, it is a sign the winter is going to be warm, the way is has been for this record year of mild temperatures.

About This Issue's Greeting - "Hau"


Dakota, Nakota and Lakota are American Indian languages spoken by many people in the north central plains of the United States (Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming). In addition, the Dakota language is spoken in the Canadian province of Manitoba.

Dakota, Nakota and Lakota are members of the Siouan family of languages. Other members of this language family include: Catawba, Biloxi, Omaha, Ho Chunk, Ponca, Mandan, Hidatsa, Crow ....

This Date In History


Recipe: Wojapi

Story: The Rabbit Dance & Deer Dance


What is this: Meadowlark Notes

Project:Games For You To Play


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