Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


May 5, 2001 - Issue 35



"Halito! Chi chukma?"


"Hello, How are you?"




"All children are my children. I teach them the songs and whatever else I can. That's what Grandmothers are for - to teach songs and tell stories and show them the right berries to pick and roots to dig. And also to give them all the love they can stand. No better job in the world than being Grandmother." Leila Fisher Hoh

We Salute
Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman

American Indian actor-singer-activist Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman is helping to organize a Native American film festival, which he said would counter falsehoods perpetuated by the United States government over the years.

"Much of what is still taught today in classrooms, from kindergarten storybooks to university curriculum, contains a great amount of untruth, deception and prejudice," said Westerman, who achieved prominence in


The information here will include items of interest for and about Native American schools. If you have news to share, please let us know! I can be reached by emailing:


Andrew Vasquez

Andrew Vasquez whose Apache name "Ditkal Te-Bikas" means Cedar Stalk in the Apache language (that part of the Cedar Tree is where the music comes from) received NAMA's Best Male Artist award for "V3: An American Indian", at the Native American Music Awards show held in Albuquerque,New Mexico on November 11, 2000.


Rez Robics
A New Lifestyle Guaranteed to Make you Smile

Pam Belgarde's long-held dream is now a reality many can share and enjoy. Rez-Robics, a new video created with lots of heart and soul will have you "laughing," said Pam enthusiastically. I had the pleasure of meeting her and "the crew" during the filming of Rez-Robics in Albuquerque last November.



Speaker Highlights Life as Native American

Lafayatte, IN - Bob Moody, who is Native American, put in perspective what it's like to be asked just how much of an Indian he really is.

During a lecture Monday at the YWCA, Moody posed this situation: Imagine if someone said, "I'm Polish," only to get the response, "How much?" But he said that is a question asked many times of Native Americans.


Scott Elementary Remembers Student Through Cultural Event

Naperville, IL - A hushed crowd of watery eyes sat motionless as the notes of an ancient healing song echoed through the Scott Elementary School gymnasium.

"We don't just dance for ourselves, we dance for those who aren't here with us," Larry Lockwood, member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, explained to the audience.



Eiteljorg Announces Fellowships for 2001

The Eiteljorg Museum recently announced the recipients of its 2001 Eiteljorg Fellowships for Native American Art. The fellowships are a national program designed to identify, reward and raise public awareness of American Indian fine artists.


Traditions Passed on at Tribal Museum

As a boy on the Morongo Indian Reservation near Banning, Aaron Saubel never learned from the last generation of Cahuilla shamans.

As a man who now sings bird songs with his uncle Alvino Siva -- a 77-year-old Cahuilla elder -- Saubel now wants to learn the traditions of the ancient culture.



Class Teaches Planners How to Host Indian Event

The 33rd annual Kyi-Yo Powwow promises to be one of the smoothest-running events in the powwow's history, thanks to the dedication of 20 University of Montana students.

For the first time in recent years - if ever - the students who plan the event and attend to all of its time-consuming details, have been participating in a class dedicated to learning about powwows, and how to host one.


Media Vet Woos Indian Students

CRAZY HORSE USA Today founder Al Neuharth on Thursday encouraged a group of 112 American Indian students at Crazy Horse Memorial to consider careers in journalism.

Neuharth, who launched his own newspaper career in South Dakota, told the students, here for the Second Annual Native American Newspaper Career Conference, that there is a serious lack of Indian staffers at American newspapers.



Artifacts Reveal Age of Ancient City

The ancient Peruvian site of Caral may have been one of the first urban centers in the Americas, thriving more than a thousand years before other known cities, according to a study in the 27 April issue of the international journal, Science.

New radiocarbon dates indicate that Caral's immense stone structures were built between 2600 and 2000 B.C.


Poverty Point
A Rich Culture Flourished 12 Centuries Before Christ

The time was eight centuries after Egyptian slaves dragged huge stones across the desert to build the Great Pyramids, and before the great Mayan pyramids were constructed. The place was a site in what is now northeastern Louisiana. The people were a highly civilized group who left behind one of the most important archaeological sites in North America.



Four Brothers Follow Artistic Family Tradition

Four brothers raised in Apache, Ok. are following in their father's footsteps -- and emerging from his shadow.

Each of the sons of the late Doc Tate Nevaquaya, renowned Native American artist and flutist, has traveled the broad trail their father pioneered.


Students Showcase Talents
$1.5 million in scholarships
awarded at Red Mesa drama and fine arts festival

RED MESA, Ariz. (April 28, 2001) - A half hour after performing on the stage, 15-year-old Kenmery Begay's eyes were still bloodshot from an emotional scene where she cried twice in less than five minutes.



Club Message to Native Kids: Stay in School

Vancouver, BC - At 10 years old in Grade 5, Kymberlee Stogan is already making history: She loves school, has almost perfect attendance and she excels at academics, sports and helping younger kids.

"I just really love school, I look forward to coming here each day," says Kymberlee, who attends Southlands Elementary School, where about 60 of the 300 kids are aboriginal.


Statement From Leonard Peltier to Haskell Indian Nations University Student Body

I want to begin by thanking the Dine' Club for including my case in the agenda for tonight's event. I am always happy to see Native youth take the initiative to reach out to their peers and inspire them to be socially conscious and active. Each and every one of you should understand and embrace your ability to make a difference for our people.



'Speaker's Staff' given back to Quinaults

Taholah, WA - After decades of separation, a sacred "speaker's staff" has been reunited with the Quinault Indian Nation.

Singing a traditional chant for protection and good fortune, tribal members honored the staff during the opening ceremonies of the tribe's annual General Council meeting March 31.


The Gifts

For those in the past who have participated in the fundraiser's on Rodney's site, we extend our gratitude in helping us raise funds in particular through National Transplant Association Fund in the past for Bobby Camarillo (An ailing young man awaiting a double lung transplant!) We have always held successful raffles due to the outpouring of support from our list members of this site and from fans/visitors who visit as well.



Program Aimed at Preserving Indian Languages

St. Paul, MN - In an unusual long-term commitment, a St. Paul foundation has earmarked as much as 30 percent of its grant-making during the next 15 years for preserving American Indian languages.

The $5.6 million program, the largest commitment ever made by the Grotto Foundation, is intended to revitalize the Ojibwe and Dakota languages of Minnesota's American Indians.


One Year Later,
Myra Jodie, Who Introduced President Bill Clinton at Shiprock, Finally Gets Internet Access



About This Issue's Greeting - "Halito! Chi chukma?"


The Chickasaw are of the Muskogean linguistic family and are one of the Five Civilized Tribes. Their native written language is nearly the same as that of the Choctaw Nation; their speech is also very similar. At one time, the Chickasaw language served as a medium of commercial and tribal intercourse for all the tribes along the lower Mississippi River, which was virtually controlled by the powerful and warlike Chickasaw Nation during the 18th century.

This Date In History


Recipe: Breads


Story: The Woman Who Married A Frog


What is this: Bullfrog


Project: The Beading Series - Part 5 - The Daisy Chain


This Issue's Web sites




"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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