Subject: Indigenous Family Literacy Circle November 2017 Newsletter

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Come Walk in My Moccasins Newsletter
November 2017

In this issue:
Books: I See Me, The Legend of Beaver's Tail, Call of the Fiddle
Our Stories: The Old Teachers of the Language by Onagottay
Our Songs: Women's Power Song
Our Dances: Red River Jig
Traditional Arts: Leather Mittens
Recipe: Harvest Bean Soup
Our Words: Plains Cree Pronouns
Did you know?
Louis Riel Day is held every year on November 16 across the Métis homelands. November 16 is the anniversary of Riel's execution in 1885.
Featured Books
I See Me

For infants

Eating and sleeping are two popular pastimes for babies, but that’s not all they do. I See Me by Margaret Manuel provides a tender snapshot of what an infant’s day—or hour—might look like. Each adorable image includes an English caption with space below for parents to translate the word into their own language. (Adapted from
The Legend of the Beaver's Tail

For preschoolers

Long ago Beaver did not look like he does now. Yes, he had two very large front teeth, but his tail was not wide and flat. It was thick with silky fur. Vain Beaver is inordinately proud of his glorious tail. When he's not bragging about his tail, Beaver spends his time grooming it, while the other woodland creatures go about their business of finding food and shelter for their families. Eventually Beaver's boasting drives away his friends and he is left on his own. But when his tail is flattened in an accident (of his own making), Beaver learns to value its new shape and seeks to make amends with his friends. This story written by Stephanie Shaw is based on an Ojibwe legend. (Adapted from
Call of the Fiddle

For school-age children

Call of the Fiddle by Wilfred Burton and Anne Patton completes the trilogy of a young boy as he embraces his Métis heritage and carries on his family's traditions. Join Nolin one last time as he hears the rollicking rhythm of the Red River Jig, learns of tearful memories, and experiences the excitement of jigging at Batoche. This bilingual (English/Michif) picture book contains an audio CD with the story read in English, Michif, along with music such as the Red River Jig and 3 additional jigs. (adapted from
Our Stories
The Old Teachers of the Language; Don't Let Our Language Die

Onagottay, an Anishinaabe Elder, expresses his passion to keep his Indigenous language alive. Through song, art and words, Onagottay tells us that " Without the language, we're just a descendant of the people." (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 
"Ka'satstenhserowa:nen" - Women's Power Song

Listen to this beautiful Mohawk song shared by Akwesasne Women Singers. (video is 2 minutes)

The lyrics tell us that women have good minds.
Women carry good medicine. They carry strength.

Our Dances
Red River Jig

The unofficial anthem of the Métis Nation is the Red River Jig. In Michif language of the Métis it is known as “oayache mannin”, and is considered a traditional dance. The origins of the dance lie in the traditional dances of the First Nations, French, English, Scots, and Orcadian peoples from whom the Métis Nation was born. 

The steps of the Red River Jig are influenced by the First Nation pow-wow, as well as Scottish and Irish traditional dances. This fast intricate dance accompanied by a fiddle consists of many steps with footwork mostly close to the ground. Some dancers add their own “fancy” step combinations based on their skill and agility. Fiddling was often accompanied by foot tapping which reflected the rhythmic beat of a drum. Today, the addition of the guitar adds rhythmic accompaniment to this social dance.
The Red River Jig and Métis fiddle music are both products of a blend of cultures, just like the Métis themselves.

Sagkeeng's Finest are a three-member traditional dance troupe from Manitoba's Sagkeeng First Nation and winners of Canada’s Got Talent in 2012 (6 minute video) 
Traditional Arts
Moose and Deer Mittens with Beads

Anishinaabe kwe Judi Montgomery carries the traditional art of making leather mittens. In this video she describes how she designs, sews and beads beautiful leather mittens. (2:30 minute video)
Indigenous Fusion Recipe
Harvest Bean Soup

Try this nutritious harvest time recipe shared by the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative in their collection of recipes "Food is Our Medicine Making it Sacred"

Our Words
Speaking Plains Cree (4 minute video lesson) 

This basic lesson in Cree shows how to say and spell pronouns and use in simple conversations.
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). 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.
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

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
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 explores Indigenous cultures through authentic Indigenous voices

Sources for Indigenous books:
Indigenous Book Lending:
Metis Nation Ontario October Calendar, Kingston
Indigenous Family Network: An Indigenous Family Gathering, Kingston
Thursday, November 2
Full Moon Ceremony, Kingston
Thursday, November 2
Service Provider Wellness Day, Kingston
Friday, November 24
Indigenous Family Social, Napanee
Wednesday, November 29
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