Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 2, 2001 - Issue 37





"Hello, Greetings (Exclamation)

usually accompanied by handshake and used after not seeing for a long time or meeting for the first time"


Major Planting Moon


"Planting Corn" --Watercolor by Sophia Failla

"When your brother falls behind you don't leave him there. Wait for him to catch up."
Albert Ward Mic Mac Elder

We Salute
Zacharias Kunuk

Filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk returned to a hero's welcome in Nunavut.

Kunuk won the Golden Camera award last weekend for first-time directors at the international Cannes Film Festival in France.

He won the award for the film: "Atanarjuat The Fast Runner".


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Duane Maktima

Duane Maktima is a contemporary jewelry designer of Laguna Pueblo and Hopi descent. According to Duane's grandfather, the name 'Maktima' means "searching for eagles." His designs reflect his personal beliefs about the forward movement of Native Americans. Although traditional values and myths of the Southwestern Pueblo People influence the "Maktima style," other nuances are evident. As he says, "Strong influences in my work include Southwest Deco design, and - because I am part of a broader picture - Scandinavian design as well."


Echoes in the Electronic Wind
By Frank Odasz

Despite centuries of hardship and mistreatment, over 700 Native American tribes today continue their determined tradition of sustainable community and culture.

The echoes of the Native American history of building strong sustainable communities, coupled with the newfound power of the Internet, suggests the inevitability that model self-empowered Native American communities will soon appear.



The Time Has Now Come For the True History of the People of the First Nations of this Land to Be Told
by Suzanne Westerly, correspondent

For the last two years, Floyd Red Crow Westerman (Dakota Sioux), American Indian actor, singer, songwriter, and longtime activist and his crew, have been researching, and documenting on film, the true history of the United States, as told by American Indians themselves.


Inuit Women Seek Parka Copyright

The national association of Inuit women is trying to prevent southern manufacturers from copying traditional Inuit designs. Pauktuutit says it made big progress at a weekend conference to protect the amauti, or parka worn by women.

Delegates at the workshop want to make sure the amauti doesn't go the way of the kayak, copied and mass-marketed by southern companies without giving credit - or profit - to the Inuit who designed it.

The group spent the weekend discussing the different laws that protect intellectual property such as copyright, trademark and industrial design.



A Lifetime Pledge
Diné College graduates 134 students

It was a simple statement but also a pledge that will last a lifetime.

Diné College's graduation commencement speaker Richard Williams (Lakota/Cheyenne) asked the graduates to repeat in unison: "I do what I do because in my heart, I do it for my people."


Prep School in New Mexico Combines Academics, Indian View

A river runs through the 1,600-acre campus of the Native American Preparatory School -- the first school of its kind -- near Santa Fe, N.M. Along the bluffs and arroyos, students study botany, geology and biology firsthand.

But this is no laid-back, alternative school.



Keeping our Language Alive:
Hawaiian Success Story

Yellowknife - It's not too late to preserve aboriginal languages in the North, says a Hawaiian language advocate whose job is breathing life into a nearly extinct island language.

Namaka Rawlins runs a grassroots education movement that got started nearly 20 years ago, but only recently began to see results of an awakened aboriginal heritage in Hawaii.


Lummis Place Premium on Recovering Language

How do you learn words your family was forbidden to speak?

How do you know how to make something you've never seen?

Ask Dave Wilson, who is leading Lummi school's effort to build a dugout cedar canoe, the kind no one has seen at Lummi for 80 years.



Cherokee Nation Welcomes IRS Really!

TAHLEQUAH, OK - Few people welcome representatives of the Internal Revenue Service with open arms. And it's hard to imagine that it will be a good day when an IRS employee backs up a truck at your warehouse. But strange as it may seem, the Cherokee Nation was more than happy to see that IRS employee, James Hellams, this past week.

"I'm the guy from the IRS that people like to see," he said.


Kattajjatiit - from Generation to Generation

IQALUIT In the beginning was the sound now emanating from Minnie Allakariallak's throat.

Huh-mmh, huh-mmh, huh-mmh, she throat-sings as her tiny, pretty face crinkles with mirth.

Seemingly oblivious to her surroundings, the bliss of throat-singing music Minnie's known for more than 80 years shines in her smile displaying small, perfect teeth.



Schooling has Lasted Lifetime for
Lummi Cultural Teacher

Point's long relationship with higher education began by accident.

"I hadn't planned on going to college," said Point, who teaches Lummi art, history and language at Lummi Tribal School. "It was just a thing that happened."


Lummis Capture School Dream

In a stuffy, cramped classroom, Lummi elder Jack Cagey patiently strikes his drum.

Desks are pushed against walls. In the middle, third-graders in socks take careful, abbreviated dance steps.

"Let's see if you guys remember the eagle dance," Cagey says. "Don't hit each other with your wings, now."



Medicine Wheel Teaches Spiritual Harmony

Tracy Chatfield breaks a piece off a stalk of white sage, lights it with a match and lets it waft in the air. The room soon fills with a smoky, spicy scent and all present are purified ... centered ... in harmony with life.

"I hate the idea of culture under glass," Chatfield, a program assistant with Bay City's Title IX Indian Education Program, said last week.


Learning on the Land

IQALUIT Grade 7 student Karen Flaherty says it made her feel good to turn the tables and teach her teachers.

The Iqaluit 12-year-old recently went on an overnight land trip with 11 of her Aqsarniit Middle School classmates at the cadet cabin, about an hour-and-a-half by snowmobile from Iqaluit.

"(The teachers) are not from here," she said. "We can teach them stuff that they didn't know before."



Seniors Helping Seniors in Shiprock

SHIPROCK - Two days before the Shiprock Class of 2001 graduates, they weren't thinking about what they would do this summer. They were thinking about helping their elders at the Shiprock Senior Center.

The senior class at Shiprock High School donated $8,000 to the Shiprock Senior Center.


Tribe Fighting Diabetes

WISCONSIN RAPIDS The Ho-Chunk Nation is stepping up efforts to prevent diabetes by arming itself with tips on good nutrition, expanded activity programs and a wealth of community support.

Our focus in this is to make people more healthy and prevent the onset of diabetes and complications associated with the disease, Pam Reimer, community health nurse for the tribes Health and Social Services office in Nekoosa.



Salmon in our Heritage

Viola Anglin knew the salmon had returned to the Lemhi River when she saw their tails had swept the moss off the base of the old Mahaffey Bridge.

The salmon runs used to attract hundreds of anglers who crowded into Anglin's Tendoy Store, 20 miles east of Salmon, Idaho, where both the city and the river are named for the fish. The fishermen accounted for most of the profit margin of the store that Anglin, 81, has owned since 1948.

"We had so many friends from all over the countryside," Anglin said. "It's been gone for a long, long time."


Reuniting the Tribal Nations

AMERICAN FALLS, ID When the Shoshone-Bannock Olympic Committee welcomes members of the Suquamish tribes from a long canoe trip from the Pacific Ocean in August, it will be the start of something very important, director Garth Towersap said.

The committee is planning a Reunion of Nations, where tribes come together to share their cultures and to discuss ways they can work together. The Suquamish tribe will paddle canoes from their homes near the Pacific Ocean to the Fort Hall bottoms in August.



About This Issue's Greeting - "Cama-i"


There are more Yupik people than any other Alaskan Native people. About 20,000 live in Alaska today. Most Yupik people live in small villages along the Bering Sea and the lower Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers. Many Yupik people still speak the Yupik language. There are many dialects in the language. The same word can have different meanings between villages, but the most common language is called Central Yupik. About 1/3 of the Yupik children learn Central Yupik as their first language. Local radio stations even broadcast in the language.

This Date In History


Recipe: Popcorn Treats


Story: The Jaguar and The Deer


What is this: Jaguar


Project: The Beading Series - Part 7


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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