Subject: Indigenous Family Literacy Circle August 2022 Newsletter

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Come Walk in My Moccasins Newsletter
August 2022

In this Issue:

Books: Baby Learns About Senses, A Big Bowl of Corn Soup, The Corn Chief, Making Love with the Land
Our Music: Kana'tarohkhón:we - Cornbread Song
Our Arts: How to Make a Corn Husk Doll 
Our Stories: The No-Face Corn Husk Doll
Our Traditions: Corn Soup: a Guide to this traditonal recipe
Recipe: Corn Bread
Did You Know?
Did you know...

Corn was first domesticated 10,000 years ago by Indigenous people in southern Mexico? Through careful selection and breeding, the corn we know today is very different than the grass it originated from, which had only a few small seed kernels per stock.

Featured Books
Baby Learns About Senses

Infant and Toddler 

This bilingual board book is set in the Southwest among the contemporary Navajo Nation. The colourful illustrations by Beverly Blacksheep feature a young Navajo toddler who experiences her five senses during meal preparation. On the first page, we are introduced to Baby who is helping her grandmother as the woman prepares a meal for the family. Outside Baby experiences the sense of smell as grandmother prepares mutton for cooking. Baby is shown smelling a flower and the cooking meat sizzling on the fire. Baby uses her nose and is then introduced to new sights for her eyes. Baby sees many ears of corn that need husking. Then Baby uses her ears to hear the bubbling sounds of cooking hominy (corn) stew. Next Baby experiences the sweet taste of goat's milk on her tongue. While petting her cat, Baby's touch is introduced to softness. Next Baby experiences another soft sensation as she helps kneed the bread dough. Finally, all the preparations result in a wonderful meal of delicious food all the family enjoys together. While the publishers designed the board book to appeal to Navajo preschool and kindergarten-age children, this book will appeal to all young children. This charming book contains Navajo and English text with delightfully simple illustrations by Beverly Blacksheep. The Navajo translation is provided by linguist Peter Thomas. This board book about a young child who experiences the five senses as she shares the preparation, cooking, and enjoyment of eating together with her family is an important addition to the limited Native-content board book collection. (excerpt from
A Big Bowl of Corn Soup


Lorrie Gallant is from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Cayuga Nation, Turtle Clan. One of the first in The Little Lorrie Series: A Big Bowl of Corn Soup, this book comes with many Traditional Teachings of corn - planting, picking, braiding, preserving and cooking. Learn from Lorrie and her Grandma as they teach us this tradition. As an artist Lorrie brings relief images to life through plasticene. (excerpt from
The Corn Chief


With the wizened old chief set to step down, young Linny dreams of being chosen as his replacement. As she struggles to pass his test, Linny learns with the help of her family what it really takes to become the most unexpected way. This story is told with the help of traditional cornhusk dolls. Corn dolls protect the home, livestock, and personal wellness of the maker and their family. Cornhusk dolls have been made in some Indigenous cultures since the beginning of corn agriculture more than one thousand years ago, and continue to be made today. (excerpt from
Making Love With the Land


In the last few years, following the publication of his debut novel Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead has emerged as one of the most exciting and important new voices on Turtle Island. Now, in this first non-fiction work, Whitehead brilliantly explores Indigeneity, queerness, and the relationships between body, language and land through a variety of genres (essay, memoir, notes, confession). Making Love with the Land is a startling, heartwrenching look at what it means to live as a queer Indigenous person "in the rupture" between identities. In sharp, surprising, unique pieces—a number of which have already won awards—Whitehead illuminates this particular moment, in which both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are navigating new (and old) ideas about "the land." He asks: What is our relationship and responsibility towards it? And how has the land shaped our ideas, our histories, our very bodies?

Here is an intellectually thrilling, emotionally captivating love song—a powerful revelation about the library of stories land and body hold together, waiting to be unearthed and summoned into word. (excerpt from

Our Music 
Kana'tarohkhón:we - Cornbread Song

This Mohawk Cornbread song is a fun song to sing with  preschoolers. In the video the song is sung by Kaia'titákhe Jacobs.
(.42 second video) 

Our Arts
How to Make a Corn Husk Doll

This is one of our most popular videos so we thought we would share it again! Make a corn husk doll along with Erica from Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na. (6:41 minute video)
Our Stories
No-face Corn Husk Doll

Carlene from Kahwa:tsire Indigenous-Led Child & Family Programs shares a traditional Haudenosaunee story about the no-face corn husk doll. (2:20 minute video)
Our Traditions
Corn Soup: A guide to this traditional recipe

"The making of traditional corn soup is knowledge that has been passed down through multiple generations of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario.

For Karl Docksteader, making the soup represents a chance for his old life as a Red Seal Chef and new life as a community leader to come together.

He, along with Edgar Ahosenae, a knowledge keeper, work together to create this soup using the traditional methods.

As we learn about the soup and how it’s made, we also learn about how the process is deeply rooted in the culture. From the way the corn is harvested, to the way hardwood ashes are used as part of the process, to the way the soup is distributed to the elders of the community as an acknowledgement of the work they do. All from a humble bowl of corn soup." (22:01 minute video)

Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Mohawk Corn Bread

With help from Theo, MJ shares a recipe found on recipezazz for a popular, traditional treat; corn bread!
Note from site, "Origin of Recipe: Mother and Grandmother from Kahnawake, Quebec. This is more of a dumpling and makes a WHOLE lot."

Indigenous Language Resources
First Voices Kids
Interactive online resource for helping children learn words and phrases in 50 different Indigenous languages on Turtle Island!

Anishnaabemowin - Our Language Our Culture
Ojibwa language booklet

Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na provides Mohawk language and culture programming at the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte). They run several programs, including Totáhne (At Grandma's House) for preschool children, Kawenna'ón:we Primary Immersion (K-4) and Shatiwennakará:tats, a year long program for Adults.
Kingston Indigenous Language Nest invites you to engage in language revitalization with Dibajimowin: Urban Indigenous Languages Revitalization Project. The centerpiece of this website is a collection of thirty digital stories about culture and language made by community members. Each personal story shares insights into the barriers to language learning and cultural connection as well as the many ways we are resilient and relentless. For each story, we pulled out key themes to create new language learning resources such as vocabulary lessons, creative activities and cultural teachings. We have sorted the stories in different ways: by digital story, by language and by cultural teachings. Explore and Enjoy!
Free Anishinaabemowin printable resources, lesson plans, and videos to help learn the language
Courses and Resources
Toronto Zoo- Turtle Island Conservation
Toronto Zoo's Turtle Island Conservation programme (TIC) respectfully shares the hopes and goals of First Nation partners in our committment to the preservation of biodiversity. TIC partners with First Nation communities to preserve community knowledge and significant natural and cultural landscapes.
Resources available in Ojibwe and Mohawk. 
Resource website for Anishinaabe culture, history and language
Resource for Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Practitioners
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
Gathering Communities Making Connections
A list of resources and services for people of Indigenous Ancestry, and for those who work with them
Sources for Indigenous books:
Indigenous Book Lending:
Kahwat:tsire Outdoor Program, Odessa, ON
Tuesday, August 9
Hoop Dance with Beany John, Prince Edward, ON
Thursday, August 11
Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo - Tyendinaga Hoop Dance Workshop, Marysville, ON
Saturday, August 13
Kahwa:tsire Outdoor Program, Roblin, ON
Tuesday, August 16
Medicine Making Workshop, Rideau Lakes, ON
Sunday, August 28
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