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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


August 25, 2001 - Issue 43


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 Welcome here is the place of honor for you










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"Somewhere a good man must rise from the young ones among us."
Crazy Horse's Father to a young Crazy Horse


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We Salute
Apache Crew Saves Washington State Town From Fire

PORTLAND, Ore. - Apache firefighters from Arizona worked all night to protect a Washington state tourist mecca from a forest fire that was one of 34 major blazes raging in the U.S. West on Sunday.

The Icicle fire, which had advanced to within three miles of Leavenworth on the eastern slope of the Cascade Range on Saturday, was surrounded by a 20-member crew from White River, Arizona, who sharply reduced the threat to about 200 homes.

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News Flash

We've added maps to our articles, so that you can see where the many paths of our People are. Additionally, we've provided these two maps of North America and a coloring book picture for you to print. We hope that this new feature is helpful.

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James F. Frechette

The Menominee Clans Story displays wood figures carved by the Menominee traditional artist, James F. Frechette, Jr. Known by the Menominee as The Little Menominee, the intricately carved and painted figures stand between twelve and twenty inches high. Through an indigenous art form of the tribe, Mr. Frechette faithfully captures the cultural dimensions of the ancient clan system depicting dress, symbols, tools, colors, traditions, and many details of the now fast fading way of life.


Riding in on the Waves at Midnight
by Suzanne Westerly

The annual Grunion Festival was held on a typical warm sunny day in July at Pacific Beach. People from near and far, gathered for the annual Grunion Festival, which is a revival of a tradition of the Southern California Indians. "Today is the event that brings the ocean, the desert and the mountain people together," said Joyce Perry, "a social event for the indigenous people and an educational event for the non-indigenous people. This is Abel's vision. He has been doing this for a long time."

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Kalispels to Put on Opera
 by Rob McDonald Spokesman Review

Cusick, WA - Except for a buffalo milling around inside, the Kalispel tribe's powwow arena looked perfect to Libby Kopczynski Moore, a mezzo soprano opera singer from Manhattan.

There was space for 1,000 people to come and sit on blankets and lawn chairs and watch a European art form as old as some tribal songs.

Moore had already ventured into the realm of rural opera, last year in Newport. Now she believes the world's ready for opera on the reservation.

So, for the first time anyone can remember, a regional tribe is hosting and helping produce an opera.


Artists Unite for the Big Picture
  by Ron Jackson Oklahoman

CLINTON Sixteen Cheyenne and Arapaho artists recently were commissioned to paint important scenes from the history of their tribes. Their work will be showcased in a new gallery under construction at the Cheyenne Cultural Center in Clinton.

Maybe a 17th painting one showing the 16 artists at work together will be added to the collection.

"This is an unprecedented gathering," said Lawrence Hart, orchestrator of the alliance and director of the center. "This is the first time Cheyenne and Arapaho artists have been brought together in such a large number for something of this magnitude."

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Reading Dr. Seuss in Mutsun
 by Robin Shulman LA Times

MADERA, Calif. -- Quirina Luna-Costillas is reading Dr. Seuss to her three children at the dining-room table. She turns the pages of "Green Eggs and Ham," holding up the familiar pictures of Sam I Am and his odd-color breakfast.

But she does not speak the familiar staccato rhyme. She has blocked out the English words, and reads instead from text she has Scotch-taped on top. "Samka Am. Kan Am Sam," she says in Mutsun, a language last spoken fluently by a San Juan Bautista-area Indian in 1930.


Elders Determined to Pass on Their Native Wisdom
   by Lisa Gregoire The Edmonton Journal

She has never tasted alcohol, doesn't know how to use a computer and remembers long days in grassy river valleys when people needed neither.

Sometimes Mary Kappo, 79, feels out of touch with her native brethren, especially the young people, because she has very little "book learning" and doesn't approve of drugs and alcohol.

She needn't worry about that this week. Starting today, Kappo will join about 200 other native elders on the northern shore of Lesser Slave Lake.

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Reflections of a People: Keeper of the Flame
 by Victoria Dalkey Sacramento Bee

Dugan Aguilar sat on a bench in the Crocker Art Museum, where a show of his photographs is on view, and told me how he captured an unusual image of a coyote spirit. The photograph is of an inverted landscape that looks, when turned sideways, like the mythic trickster god in a headdress, with his hands on his hips, just as he appears in American Indian dance ceremonies.


10-year-old American Indian finds Success Carved in Stone

LAWRENCE, KS -- David Nieto expresses himself in a different way than most young people -- through limestone, silver, copper and brass.

The 10-year-old artist gains inspiration from his American Indian heritage. Pride in his family background flows through his hands into works of sculpture and jewelry.

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American Indians Stranded in 19th Century

WEITCHPEC, CA -- The telephone may be coming to the heart of the Yurok reservation, 125 years after it was invented.

Many of the Yurok, who live in a ruggedly beautiful river gorge in far Northern California, are stranded in the 19th century. They're among more than half of American Indians on reservations nationwide who lack phone service.


Web Site for Kumeyaay Created
 by Chet Barfield -Signs on San Diego

BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION -- A Barona tribal member is using 21st-century technology to strengthen his people's ancient bonds.

With help from a small team of experts, Larry Banegas, a cultural educator and former tribal councilman, has created an evolving Web site about and for Kumeyaay Indians.
Through, Banegas wants people to learn about the tribe, past and present, from Indians' point of view.

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Indian Youths Carrying Traditions into Future

 by Jeanne Givens Spokesman Review

Hundreds of proud, young Indians danced before the crowd of 20,000 spectators at the Julyamsh Powwow.

Young boys danced in the fancy, traditional and grass styles. Young girls danced jingle dress, traditional and shawl dances. It was spectacular, colorful and deeply moving. Watching young Indians dance touches the soul because one realizes how proud they are of their culture. In the wave of the pervasive desire for all young people to be the same, many Indian youth rise to the dreams of their parents and celebrate their uniqueness. They are dressed in buckskin, beaded vests and moccasins, feathers and fans that were handed down from generation to generation.


A Tribe Regains a Piece of Its History

On a Friday in May, Helen Rush Robinson of the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Canada, joined relatives and other members of the tribe for a long trip to Vancouver.

It was the first step on their journey from Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, to New York to retrieve an artifact important to the Nuu-chah-nulth and even more dear to Robinson: a painted curtain that her father, a chief of the Uchucklesaht band, had commissioned for her coming-of-age ceremony nearly 60 years ago.

She had never forgotten the huge painted curtain attributed to the artist Tomiish. It showed a thunderbird filling the sky, serpents flanking it breathing lightning and a whale roaring thunder.

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Powwow Puts Focus on Eagle Feathers
 by Mara Gottfried Pioneer Press

Shakopee, MN - Smiley Shepherd Jr. is a warrior, and he has the eagle feathers to prove it.

He wore 22 feathers on his back in the shape of wings and carried an eagle wing during a powwow Saturday at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

"The eagle is sacred for us because of its fierceness, its strength and its power," said Shepherd "Our warriors used to earn them in battle and veterans wear them today in the tradition of those warriors."


Island Powwow's Rain Dance Held as Drought Finally Ends
by Steve Sharratt Prince Edward Island's The Guardian

PANMURE ISLAND Like a goodwill offering to a parched Earth, First Nation people began a spiritual dance on the opening eve of a tribal powwow over the weekend and within hours the rain fell from the sky.

It was the first good rainfall on P.E.I. in more than six weeks of summer drought, and the water from the heavens swept across the province Friday night and didn't stop until the next morning.

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Academy Restoring Ancient Links
by Chet Barfield Signs on San Diego

LOS COYOTES INDIAN RESERVATION -- It's a muggy August afternoon, and 14 teens from five North County reservations are climbing a ridge high above Lake Henshaw.

Although they laugh and joke around, these youths are on a serious mission for Indian tribes throughout the county. They're looking for the right spot to put one in a network of wireless Internet antennas.

As part of a summer training program, tribal youths have a key role in bringing the World Wide Web to San Diego's 18 reservations.

This is the "tribal digital village" project. Funded by a $5 million grant from the Hewlett-Packard Co.


Upward Bound Provides Native American Students With New Media Experience
by Mary Bowannie , University of Colorado Upward Bound Program

The University of Colorado Upward Bound (CUUB ) Program and the University of Colorado Upward Bound Math and Science Center work to prepare Native American students for success in college. For six weeks each summer, 135 students from reservation and urban communities across Indian Country attend the Summer Academic Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During the six weeks the students are enrolled in courses varying from American Indian literature, physics chemistry and to "research seminar topics in Indian Country."

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Scholarship Honors Late Native Leader
   by Jeff St. John
Anchorage Daily News

Juanita Corwin inspired all those who knew her. A beautiful and vivacious Tlingit woman with nerves of steel and a passion for the struggle for human rights, she rose from a background of intolerance and privation to become a supporter and then a leader of the Alaska Native rights movement.

Corwin died in May at age 65 after a long illness. Now her husband, Sam Corwin, and her five children have dedicated a college scholarship for Tlingit and Haida Indians in her name.

Sam Corwin wants the Juanita Corwin Scholarship to help today's students take advantage of educational opportunities his wife never had.


Celebrate Recovery and Wellbriety This September!
A Message From Don Coyhis
Founder and President of White Bison 

September is Native American Wellbriety Month across Turtle Island. It's also National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, or Recovery Month, 2001 in non Native Communities across America.

As part of CSAT's (Center For Substance Abuse Treatment) Recovery Month, 2001, there will be celebrations, presentations and gatherings in nineteen cities around the U. S. These activities around the country all send the message, "People do recover from chemical addictions and go on to live happy, productive lives!" There are Native American event coordinators in each of these 19 cities to gather the Native community and represent Indian people in this large, multicultural celebration.

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Inuit Youth and Education
by The National Inuit Youth Council

Inuit education today includes formal instruction in the public education system as well as the learning of traditional skills required to survive on the land from one's family or extended family.

Inuit used to receive an education in traditional knowledge before formal schooling was introduced. Values were directly linked to life skills. Young Inuit were taught hunting, meat and pelt preparation, sewing, building igloos, navigating on land and water, as well as forecasting the weather. The family and knowledgeable community members instructed Inuit youth in becoming proficient in the tasks. This enabled them to care for themselves and the people around them. They were taught to respect the environment and the animals upon which they depended.


Inuit Achieve what Aborigines Dream About
 by Mark Metherell The Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's father of reconciliation, Mr Pat Dodson, has thanked a Canadian indigenous leader for keeping the Aboriginal dream alive.

Having heard the Nunavut Premier, Mr Paul Okalik, describe how his people won self-government and rights over a huge area of Canadian land and ice, Mr Dodson thanked him yesterday for the reminder "that dreams are achievable and that it is possible to regain control of our own world".

Both spoke at the National Press Club about the two nations' experience with native title. Mr Dodson said he hoped Mr Okalik's visit would help Australians understand that justice for Aboriginal peoples did not mean rights denied to others, but an enhancement of the entire nation.

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And The Nominees Are.....
Vote Now for the 2001 Native American Music Awards

We would like to inform you that it is time once again to CAST YOUR VOTE for the 2001 Native American Music Awards.

This year the voting and ballot is a little different than years past. We just voted and the procedure is actually very simple, and takes approximately 20 minutes or so. You can even listen to samples of music of the Nominees if you want. Just click on to, once you get there, go to VOTE. There you will find a short instructional note and procedure to be able to cast your ballot.


Makoche Owners Keep Their Music Business in the Heartland
by Karen Herzog Bismark Tribune

For Makoche Recording co-owners Cherie Harms and David Swenson, success in the music business requires that they dovetail their skills at creating music and creating a market for the music.

Harms, Makoche's self-described "business guy," and Swenson, its music producer, have worked doggedly to make Makoche a well-respected brand name in the music business and a success, though it's half a continent away from the music-producing continental edges of West Coast and East Coast.

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About This Issue's Greeting - "Tatsgwiik"


There are numerous people, mostly elders that still actively speak the language and in both Massett and Skidegate.

There are three dialects of the Haida language: Massett, Skidegate and Kaigani (Alaskan).

138 speakers in USA (1990 census); 225 in Canada (1991 M. Dale Kinkade); 363 total, out of 2,000 population total (1977 SIL). Most or all speakers are over 50. There is interest in reviving the language. Bilingual in English.

Haida is considered a linguistic isolate with no proven genetic relationship to any language family.


This Date In History


Recipe: Brown Bagging

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Story: Graying of an Eagle


What is this: Golden Eagle

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Project: Hairpipes - Part 5


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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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