Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
December 11, 1999

The Month of the Respect

Quote of the Week

"Civilized people depend too much on man-made printed pages. I turn to the Great Spirit's book which is the whole of His creation. You can read a big part of that book if you study nature. You know, if you take all your books, lay them out under the sun, and let the snow and rain and insects work on them for a while, there will be nothing left. But the Great Spirit has provided you and me with an opportunity for study in nature's university: the forests, the rivers, the mountains, and the animals which include us."

Tatanga Mani, Stoney Nation

The Legacy of Chief Oshkosh
by Ondamitag

Can you see the forest for the trees?

Chief Oshkosh could. He was a chief of the Omaeqnominniwuk (People of the Wild Rice), more commonly known as the Menominee Nation. In his life he led his people to oppose their removal from what is today East Central Wisconsin. read more


News and Current Events

 Nancy Basket Cherokee Artist
Nancy Basket takes her name from the work she does, as did her great-great-great grandmother, Margaret Basket, a Southeastern Cherokee basket maker in the early 1800s. Nancy has been coiling baskets since 1981. Her baskets have been used to illustrate numerous books as examples of coiled basket diversity.
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Youth dispels "Indian Myth" in Denmark
When Lee Nells traveled to Denmark this past summer he expected to dispel some myths about Native Americans but didn't expect to find that he was the myth.
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Botanist Speaks of Medicinal Plants
A modern-day botanist, like himself, is a lot like Christopher Columbus, as Mark Plotkin likes to say. And, not just because botanists have made many important discoveries in the field of medicine-- much like Columbus discovered America.
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Float Copper
Come on Onda, can copper really float? Or is it a freak of nature thing? Or is it the gift of the Water Spirits?Well anything is possible when it comes to Lake Superior.
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Makah Football Team a Source of Pride
NEAH BAY, Clallam County - The smell of burning rubber cuts through the saltwater breeze. Teenagers spin their cars in dizzying circles in the general-store parking lot and scream "We're No. 1!" in the brisk night air.
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Walking in Memory
The sun shown down on Jamie Kowalchick as she wrapped a blanket around her shoulders and prepared to honor her Native American ancestry.
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Regular Features

Take A Guess - Cheezits read more


Websites of the Week read more


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