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Come Walk in My Moccasins Newsletter
April 2017

In this issue:
Books: Carry Me Mama, How Chipmunk Got His Stripes, The Sharing Circle
Our Stories: Earth Woman by Clarice Gervais
Our Songs: Water Prayer Song
Our Ways: Walking Out Ceremony
Traditional Arts: Blanket and Regalia Weaving
Indigenous Games: Double Ball Game
Recipe: Pemmican
Our Words: Ta-Kwish Gda-Ding (Greetings in Ojibwe)
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Did you know?
In the Mohawk culture "please" and "thank you" are not used because the Mohawks give thanks to everything.
Featured Books
Carry Me, Mama

For infants and toddlers

Katie views life from the warm hood of her mother's parka. From her safe vantage point, she watches as her mother catches salmon, picks plump, red berries, and leads the family's dog team across the snow. Then one spring day, Mama decides it is time for her little girl to walk on her own.

The first time Katie walks, it's a short distance - just as far as you can throw a stone. The next time it's as far as a rabbit runs, then as far as a bear roams! But trying to keep up with Mama takes all of Katie's energy. "Carry me, Mama!" she begs, even though Mama knows it's time for Katie to make her own way.

Written by Monica Devine, and illustrated by Pauline Paquin the story reflects the beauty of the northern tundra. Pauline's unique artistic style incorporates faceless figures. Remarkably expressive, these images reflect her desire for young children to see themselves as the characters in the story. (excerpt from Strong Nations)
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes

For preschoolers

In this retelling of a Native American pourquoi tale by Joseph and James Bruchac, Brown Squirrel challenges prideful Bear to keep the sun from rising.(excerpt from Strong Nations)

Oral telling of this story by 7 year old Andie Zou (7.5 minute video)

Mohawk language picture cards for story of How Chipmunk Got His Stripes
The Sharing Circle

For school-age children

Matthew loves to play games with his friends and share his toys with them. But most of all he loves to share the special treasures that remind him of his First Nations culture. 

The Sharing Circle is a collection of seven stories about First Nations culture and spiritual practices: The Eagle Feather, The Dream Catcher, The Sacred Herbs, The Talking Circle, The Medicine Wheel, The Drum, and The Medicine Pouch. Researched and written by Mi'kmaw children's author Theresa Meuse-Dallien, and beautifully illustrated by Mi'kmaw illustrator Arthur Stevens, this book will engage and inform children of all ages.
(excerpt from Strong Nations)
Our Stories
Earth Woman

Clarice Gervais shares her story of how the strengths of her identity as Métis and as Earth Woman emerged from a doodled sketch. (2 minute video)

This story has been created through Kingston Indigenous Language Nest and the Indigenous Health Program through Kingston Community Health Centres.
Our Songs 
Water Prayer Song

This gentle lullaby-style audio track is part of the Môcikan Songs for Learning Cree - a collection of language lessons, stories, and sing-alongs.

Water Prayer Song from the Môcikan (moo-chi-gun) CD is shared with permission by musician and lyricist Art Napoleon.

Our Ways
Walking Out Ceremony

On Saturday morning, at sunrise, Zachary "walked out" into the world, and was officially introduced and welcomed into Cree society. 

See and hear about the experience of a non-Indigenous infant and mom who are welcomed and included in a Cree Walking Out ceremony.

 A Walking Out is a special ceremony that Cree and other First Nations do to honour a young child's first steps into the world. Cultural traditions and beliefs about Walking Out  ceremonies vary among First Nations. This blog highlights only one perspective from an experience in a northern Cree community
Traditional Arts
Blanket and Regalia Weaving

Chief Janice George from the Squamish Nation explains the significance of weaving wool and demonstrates the beginning process of weaving blankets and regalia. (1:40 minute video)

Chief Joe Capilano Blanket: Chief Janice George speaks about the Chief Joe Capilano Blanket, an ancient blanket that has great significance to the Squamish people. (2 minute video)
Indigenous Games
Double Ball Game

This game was played by nations of the Eastern Woodlands including Meskwaki, Ojibwa, and Ho-Chunk.

The game is played by 2 or 3 opposing teams. Goals are positioned up to 1 1/2 kilometers apart. The object is to pass the double ball from stick to stick down the field to a goal post. Double Ball is is most often played by teams of female players.

Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Pemmican Recipe (Métis)

Pemmican, made with dried meat, berries and fat, is both nutritious and filling - a perfect snack for long hikes or journeys.

Our Words
Ta-Kwish Gda-Ding (When We Meet)

This online children's story in Ojibwe and English demonstrates social greetings between two characters - bear and turtle. These simple phrases show how greetings are shared in Ojibwe and the importance of place as part of the introductions.

Two short Ojibwe language videos by a student at Georgian  College Aboriginal Resource Centre provide guidance for pronunciation of simple greetings. (Each video is less than 2 minutes.)
Indigenous Language Resources
Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na provides Mohawk language and culture programming at the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte).

Programs include: Totáhne (At Grandma's House) for preschool children, Kawenna'ón:we Primary Immersion (K-4) and  Shatiwennakará:tats, a program for Adults

Morning and Drop-in Programs
Kawenna'on:we Primary Immersion, Tyendinaga
Mohawk Words and Phrases
Translations in print and audio formats

Michif Language Resource
Translations in audio, video and print formats

Anishnaabemowin - Our Language Our Culture
Ojibwa language booklet

Guide for Evaluating Indigenous Children's Books
Beauty in Movement: An Indigenous Guide to Physical Activity 
Pamphlet about the importance of physical activity and ideas to get children moving
Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide - First Nations, Inuit and Métis 
Available in Inuktitut, Ojibwe, Plains Cree, and Woods Cree languages
Gathering Communities Making Connections
A list of resources and services for people of Indigenous Ancestry, and for those who work with them
Canoe Kids
Canoe Kids is a family book for readers of all ages. These full-colour books explore indigenous cultures through authentic Indigenous voices. 

Sources for Indigenous books:
Indigenous Book Lending:
Feast Bundle Workshop Kingston
Friday, April 7, 2017
Full Moon Ceremony, Kingston
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Métis Nation of Ontario Calendar of Events, Kingston
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