Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 10, 2001 - Issue 29




means “Welcome!”



"Tiyoheyunka wi"



"When people don't use plants they get scarce. You must use them so they come up again. All plants are like that. If they're not gathered from, or talked to, or cared about, they'll die."

Mabel McKay, Pomo Elder,

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Black Lodge Singers

Black Lodge—Take it Away! That's the call at many pow wows across the United States as the Master of Ceremonies calls the drum group to begin. And Black Lodge does just that—takes it away.


Lessons From a Little Brother to Big Artist or Well, Whatever

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I was a big brother. And I still carry the emotional scars.



Native Access Engineering Program at Concordia University

MONTRÉAL, CA.- Concordia University's Native Access to Engineering Program will soon be providing its curriculum online to Aboriginal communities across Canada. This project brings together Concordia, the Government of Canada and IBM Canada Ltd., in a joint effort to expand the base of NAEP users and provide culturally relevant math and science lessons that are related to various fields of engineering.


Sharing and Caring Important Indian Tradition

Jeanne Givens says the Coeur d'Alene Tribe is spreading the wealth through donations for education.

Nothing has the same feel as cash. Just ask the school superintendents, principals and parent groups who received hard, cold, no-strings-attached cash gifts from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.



Katikvik Pinnguartulirijiit: Let the Games Begin Again

IQALUIT — Iqalungmiut will now be able to play Inuktitut baseball, ear pulling and harpoon throwing every month, thanks to a group of residents who wants to revive Inuit traditional games in Iqaluit.


Snow Snake Demonstration Gives History Lesson

ATHENS, Ohio -- Several Athens community members braved the cold Saturday morning to learn about the ancient Native-American tradition of snow snake competitions.



Got Elk? Now the Smokies Do

CATALOOCHEE, NC -- The hoof prints of North American elk fell upon Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday for the first time in 170 years.

"Gorgeous," exclaimed Marvin Silvers of Burnsville as four elk galloped from a horse trailer into a forested, three-acre pen.


Yellowstone Held Hostage by Million Dollar Cheeseburgers!!!!

No, this shocking headline is not from the front page of a supermarket tabloid or a sequel to the cult movie The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. It is not a marketing gimmick by some fast food restaurant, nor is it the plot line of an upcoming X-Files episode.



Miwok Author Credit Elders

Greg Sarris says tribal 'dreamer' gave him a sense of ancient culture.

Surrounded by historical scenes at the Sonoma County Museum, Coast Miwok tribal chairman Greg Sarris talked about the importance of remembering.

He quoted from Essie Parish, a basket maker and the late spiritual leader of the Sonoma County Pomos.


Spain, Zuni See Common Links

ZUNI — A belief that "Language is the heart of life" brought Gonzalo Gomez-Dacal, councilor of education and science for the Embassy of Spain, halfway around the world to visit the Pueblo of Zuni.

Dacal and a contingent of education experts from around New Mexico, Washington, D.C., and Spain flew in to Zuni in Gov. Gary Johnson's plane late Thursday afternoon for the three-hour visit.



Native Americans Rediscover Lost Languages

Marlin Thompson fears time is running out on the language and culture of his Yerington Paiute tribe. “We have five elders fluent in the Yerington dialect,” said Thompson, an artist who tries to preserve tradition in his paintings.

“They’re all 75 or older. Once they're gone, there will be no more Yerington dialect.”

American Indians throughout northern Nevada share Thompson’s concern.


Inuit Filmmaker, Elder Win Aboriginal Achievement Awards

IQALUIT — A respected elder and an Inuit filmmaker are two of the winners of this year's national aboriginal achievement awards.

Mariano Aupilardjuk of Rankin Inlet and Zacharias Kunuk of Igloolik are among a group of 14 notable people who will be honoured at a gala evening in Edmonton next month.



School Offers Lakota Course

LaToya Roubideaux is interested in learning a new language.

It's not Spanish, French or German, but one closer to home -- Lakota.

Roubideaux, from Winner, is attending a new Lakota studies class at Axtell Park Middle School in an attempt to learn more about the culture.


Tecumseh's Dream

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A prophetic 200-year-old dream once thought obsolete is poised to come true in Southern Illinois for an estimated 50,000 American Indians across the nation.

The Shawnee National Forest is being considered as a location for a nationwide educational conference.



Cherokee Nation Certifies Language Instructors

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. --- The Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center certified the first six graduates of the Certified Cherokee Language. Teacher program during the January Tribal Council meeting.


Walking for Health

Golf pro Notah Begay agreed to be the spokesman for Nike's diabetes program providing equipment and other incentives at reduced costs to American Indian exercise programs battling diabetes.

With him is Sam McCracken, Fort Peck tribal member, who is working with the PGA champion in Nike's new Native American diabetes program.



About This Issue's Greeting - "KESHI"


One aspect of the culture is the language it self. The language that the Zunis possess is of uniqueness than that of any other pueblo or tribe. Unlike other languages that are classified in language categories, the Zuni language is isolate and is not compared with any other language.

The Zuni language has been in existence long since the people have emerged into this world. Not only is the language a way of communicating, it also helps in teaching traditions to younger generations. The language plays a big part in religion for it is believed that it is the only way they could communicate with the ancestors (ancient ones). As time progress, the quality and amount of language spoken is affected by other introduced languages such as English and Spanish.

This Date In History


Recipe: Soups


Story: How Poison Came To Be


What is this: Rattlesnakes


Project: Word Games


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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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