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Come Walk in My Moccasins Newsletter
June 2017

In this issue:
Books: Nighty Night, Dipnetting with Dad, Raven's Feast
Our Stories: Pride and Consequences 
Our Songs: Mohowk Lullaby
Our Ways: Berry Fast
Indigenous Games: Lacrosse
Recipe: Homemade Honey
Our Words: Counting 1-10 in Cree
Did you know?
Jay Silverheels, born on Canada's Six Nation's Reserve, was a star lacrosse player and a boxer before he entered films as a stuntman in 1938. Silverheels shot to fame as Tonto, the faithful companion of the masked man on the television series The Lone Ranger.
Featured Books
Nighty Night

For infants

Nighty-Night by Richard Van Camp is a lullaby to be enjoyed in the twilight hours before bedtime. Richard’s soothing, rhythmic style is perfect for shared reading, and each stanza is accompanied by warm, loveable photographs of multicultural babies, toddlers, and parents/guardians in various stages of bedtime preparation.

This beautiful board book is sure to be loved by kids, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and Early Childhood Educators. A must-have addition to any bedtime (or naptime) collection! (excerpt from McKellar and Martin Publishing Group)

Dipnetting with Dad

For Preschoolers

BUMP, BUMP - SLAP, river sockeye salmon are pulled onto shore!
Set in the beautiful landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin region, DIPNETTING WITH DAD is a delightful and colourful story of a father teaching his son the Secwepemc method of fishing known as dipnetting. Together they visit the sweat lodge, mend the nets, select the best fishing spot and catch and pack their fish through rugged bush back to the family home for traditional preparation.  
(excerpt from Strong

Raven's Feast

For school-age children

This story by Kung Jaadee or Roberta Kennedy (Haida) is one of four books by Medicine Wheel Books. 

After the Raven (Yaahl) had finished creating the world; he realized that he was lonely. So he invited the whole world to join him in Haida Gwaii for the greatest feast you could ever imagine. At the end of the Feast each person, from all 4 sacred directions, was given a special gift that would change their lives forever! (excerpt from Medicine Wheel Books)
Our Stories

Rick Revelle shares an Algonquin legend and explains how this ancient story has meaning for him on his life's journey. (2:30 minute video)
This story has been created through Kingston Indigenous Language Nest and the Indigenous Health Program through Kingston Community Health Centres.
Our Songs 
Mohawk Song from Akwesahsne

Listen to this song in Mohawk about a mother who is grateful for her child. This woman's song is a beautiful lullaby to share with children. (2 minute video)
Our Ways
Berry Fast

Akeesha Footman is Marten Clan and currently lives in Toronto. As a proud Anishinaabe Oshkiniikwe, Akeesha shares her personal experience of the Berry Fast at thirteen years of age. This year of fasting, rituals and ceremony are a rite of passage for young women in the Anishinaabe culture. In Akeesha's words, "The berry fast ceremony marks the stage of life when we start to put away our childhood toys and begin to focus on being a young woman, modelling behaviours and values for the younger generation."

Indigenous Games

Lacrosse is a team sport in which players pass, catch, and carry a rubber ball, using sticks with a netted pouch at one end. The object of lacrosse is to accumulate points by shooting the ball into the opposing team's goal.

Members of the various Algonquian language groups referred to early ball games as baggataway. Strong similarities among the war club, lacrosse stick, and even the drumstick, shown in photos of early Ojibwa implements, support the connection between these early ball games and the later development of lacrosse. 

There is also a strong link between lacrosse and the Mohawk ball game known as tewaarathon. As with other early Aboriginal ball games, tewaarathon served a number of functions; as the game was played by a large number of warriors on fields that could be over a kilometre long, it kept young men fit and strong for both war and hunting. It could also be played to strengthen diplomatic alliances, support social conformity and economic equality, and honour the gods. (excerpt from Historica Canada) 

The original wooden balls used in the games were later replaced by deerskin balls filled with fur, and the sticks developed over time to become more sophisticated implements, the netting made from deer sinews. By 1860 lacrosse had become Canada’s national game and in 1883 a lacrosse team from Canada made up of Iroquois athletes visited Scotland to play lacrosse in Europe. (source: Federation of International Lacrosse)
Traditional Arts
The Stickmaker

Alf Jaque shows how to make wooden lacrosse sticks and explains the origins of the game as well as his craft. (3:30 minute video)
Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Homemade Honey

Did you know that not all honey comes from bees?

This homemade honey recipe is a traditional recipe passed from one generation to the next through an Algonquin grandmother.
Our Words
Counting in Cree

Learn to count from 1 to 10 with Art Napoleon through this counting lesson on his Mocikan CD.
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

Powwow Etiquette
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
A family book for readers of all ages that explore Indigenous cultures through authentic Indigenous voices

Sources for Indigenous books:
Indigenous Book Lending:
Metis Nation Ontario June Calendar, Kingston
Kitchi Blanket Exercise
Friday, June 2, 2017
Parliament Hill, Unceded Algonquin Territory 
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Full Moon Ceremony, Kingston
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Our Dreams Matter Too, Tyendinaga
Monday, June 12, 2017
2017 Pow Wow Schedule (Across Canada)
Previous Issues of Come Walk in My Moccasins
Feature from June 2014: Hand Drumming video
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