Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
May 20, 2000 - Issue 10


The Cheyenne Greeting - Good Morning


There is a Cheyenne expression which is often used by men, which is a kind of greeting. It is "Haaahe." It has no word meaning, but, does still have important social meaning of recognition, solidarity, friendship. It is only used by a man toward another man.

Trillium Photo, May 5, 2000 by Paul C. Barry




"Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library and its books were the stones, leaves, grass, brooks . . . . We learned to do what only the students of nature learn . . . to feel beauty." - Luther Standing Bear

We salute- American Indian Medal of Honor Winners

We honor our veterans for their bravery and because by seeing death on the battlefield, they truly know the greatness of life. --Winnebago Elder


Lee Ann Cheromiah
Talking to the Clay

In 1972, my mother, Evelyn Cheromiah revived Laguna Pottery. I watched her as a child and was inspired to also become a potter. As my mother and I worked together, I learned different aspects of pottery making, other than the physical techniques, that she would teach me. These were the traditional beliefs that have been passed on from generation to generation, and from potter to potter.


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. This is Book Three - The Migration.



Sacred Ojibwa Scrolls Found After 7 Decades Lost

HOLLOW WATER, MANITOBA - In the 1930s, an American anthropologist named Irving Hallowell journeyed north to Canada to live among the Ojibwa and study their culture. He left with a wealth of knowledge - and something else. He took a bundle of sacred scrolls, made out of birch bark, and central to the performance of ancient religious ceremonies of the tribe.


My Day with Red Cloud

It was then he answered with his name and very straight forward said, "I am Red Cloud, Chief of the Oglala Nation."

I was astounded, for I realized this Chief was also going to dance, and chances were I would be dancing beside him, but back just a little. As it was that is how it turned out. Chief Red Cloud is the Grandson of Chief Red Cloud of fame during the 1860's era. Today's Chief Red Cloud is 82. He speaks with a firm but yet passive way and he is a very knowledgeable and influential man. He looks much like his famous Grandfather also.

It was a great honor to be with this man.
Little Jumper



 Healing With a Native Touch

When Andrew Stevens walks across the stage today, he will be one of 61 UND medical school graduates to receive his doctor of medicine degree. He also will be one of eight Native American students to receive that degree.


Many Tribes, One Goal: College

Edison Eskeets, a wiry, youthful man with long black hair, has just run what he calls a "sacred" journey: 375 miles in 10 days on behalf of educational achievement - and hope - among his fellow native Americans.



Prayers Offered Salmon Before Run to Pacific

YELLOWPINE, Idaho _ Chuck Axtell's ancient song rang through the Johnson Creek canyon, a prayer of strength for thousands of 4-inch chinook salmon starting their 800-mile journey to the Pacific.


With Spring Comes the Powwow and Renewal

Soon is the time when the native peoples gather together, almost a spring migration. We call it powwow, but it is so much more. Peoples from over 100 nations are drawn to the multiday campout events.



Sand Creek Massacre Study Project

A web site is now available for the Sand Creek Massacre Project.

The web site contains information on the investigation into the site, the history and significance of the site, and proposed alternatives for the management and use of the site. It also contains information on public meetings to be held regarding the project during the month of May, 2000


UNITY 2000 "Native Awakening 2000"

The United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) will conduct the 26th Annual National UNITY Conference, June 23 - 27, 2000 in Seattle, Washington.

This year's gathering marks the first conference in the new millennium and is expected to attract over 1,200 Native youth from across the country. The conference will begin on Friday, June 23 at noon and adjourn on Tuesday, June 27.



Native languages for foreign-language credit

PORT ANGELES,WA - On the walls and blackboards of Port Angeles High School's new Heritage Language class, you won't see words like bonjour or buenos dias or guten morgen.

You see Klallam words - very different-looking words - for "goodbye," "new year" and "I'm cold."

You see words of encouragement like the Klallam phrase for "do the best you can, listen, respect and participate."


Chinook Run Sparks Return of Tribal Sales

PORTLAND _ Columbia River treaty tribes are ready to sell spring chinook salmon for the first time since 1977 because of one of the best fish runs in decades.

"There's so much excitement on the river," said Kathryn Brigham, a member of the board of trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, one of four tribal groups with treaty rights to Columbia salmon and steelhead.



About This Issue's Greeting - Pévevóona'o,


Cheyenne is spoken in southeastern Montana, on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, and in central Oklahoma. It is a member of the large Algonquian language family of North America which includes other languages such as Blackfoot, Arapaho, Cree, Ojibwa, Algonquin, Potawatomi, Kickapoo, Menomini, Fox, Massachusett, Delaware, Shawnee, Micmac, and Naskapi.

This Date in History


Recipe: Salmon Samplings

Story: The Salmon Boy


What is this: Chinook

Project:Summer Snacks for the Birds


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