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Come Walk in My Moccasins Newsletter
March 2017

In this issue:
Books: Cradle Me, Maple Moon, Pushing Up the Sky
Our Stories: The Feather
Our Songs: We Are Medicine
Our Ways: Moss Bags and Cradle Boards
Traditional Arts: Cradleboards
Indigenous Games: Ring and Stick Games
Recipe: Aunty Kate's Wild Rice Casserole
Our Words: Counting 1-10 (Anishinaabe)
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Did you know?
The 2017 World Indigenous Nations games will be coming to Canada for the first time in Edmonton, Alberta from July 2-9,2017!

More than 2,000 athletes and cultural delegates, from two dozen countries and hundreds of First Nations communities will participate. Some of the games will include tug-of-war, spear fishing and traditional canoeing. Find out more!
Featured Books
Cradle Me

For infants and toddlers

The tradition of carrying babies safely, comfortably and close to their mothers in cradle boards endures to this day. Cradle Me by Debby Slier celebrates Indigenous families and shows how they carry their babies and, with a fill-in-the-line feature, enables readers to translate words into their own language.
Maple Moon

For preschoolers

In this story author Connie Brummel Crook creates an enchanting fictional account of how maple syrup might have been first discovered. She borrows elements from some of the many prevailing traditional folk takes and tells a story about a boy named Rides the Wind who helps his people through a harsh winter. His pride also boosts his confidence in spite of a physical disability, and he is able to rise above the cruel taunts of other children.

Maple Moon is Winner of The World Guild Canadian Writing Awards - Children's Book category (2006)
Pushing Up the Sky

For school-age children

Children aged 6 to 10 can learn more about native culture and traditions as they read and act in these dramas, full of folklore, comedy and tricksters! Pushing Up the Sky by Joseph Bruchac includes ideas for adapting the plays for different-sized groups, as well as providing suggestions for costumes, scenery and props.
Our Stories
The Feather

Kate Brant, Wolf Clan from Tyendinaga, tells her story of how her desire to deepen her Mohawk identity was sparked with the gift of an Eagle Feather and within the circle of community. (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 
N'we Jinan Artists - "WE ARE MEDICINE" 

This song was written, recorded and filmed with Nuxalk students of Acwsalcta School in Bella Coola, British Columbia. (4:30 minute music video)
Our Ways
Moss Bags and Cradle Boards

Historically many Indigenous cultures used moss bags and cradle boards to carry their babies. Though practical in purpose, moss bags and cradle boards carry symbolism and teachings unique to each culture. 

In this three minute video about mossbags, Leah Dorion talks about how teachings she received from Elders have been incorporated into her art and the moss bags she creates.
Traditional Arts
Mohawk Cradleboards 

Cradleboards are protective baby carriers, once very popular among many Indigenous peoples. Mohawk cradleboard maker Babe Hemlock talks about upholding Mohawk traditions and going beyond them in this 6:30 video.
Indigenous Games
Ring and Stick Games
Ring and stick or, hoop and pole games have been played by indigenous peoples in different parts of the world for thousands of years. These games might be played slightly differently with larger or smaller sized game pieces but the essential equipment, a hoop and a stick, are always present. Many of these games helped, in a fun way, to develop the important skills needed to live on the land such as hand eye coordination, fine motor skills, balance and patience.

Ring and Stick is described in Move & Play through Traditional Games.

Other versions of the game involve throwing a pole through a rolling hoop, using a stick to keep a large hoop upright while running beside it or using a bow and arrow to shoot into the centre of a netted hoop. Many versions can be found online.

Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Aunty Kate's Wild Rice Casserole

This tasty Indigenous fusion recipe by Kate Brant is high in protein and gluten-free.

Our Words
Let's Count!

Learn how to say and spell numbers from 1 to 10 in Anishinaabe.

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

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:
Healing Blanket Workshop for Women, Kingston
Thursday, March 10
Full Moon Ceremony, Kingston
Monday, March 13, 2017
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre - The Honouring, Kingston
Performance about the complexity of the War of 1812 through the experiential lens of First Nations Peoples.
March 29
Métis Nation of Ontario Calendar of Events, Kingston
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Previous Issues of Come Walk in My Moccasins
Feature from May 2014: Mohawk language picture cards
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Come Walk in My Moccasins is created by the Indigenous Family Literacy Circle and sponsored by Hastings-Prince Edward Children Youth Services Network.
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