National Aboriginal History Month Day Twenty-six: piyêsiw

Urban Native Magazine and Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association have launched a photograph challenge (for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) in honour of National Aboriginal History Month. They’re using the Twitter hashtag #NAHM2015PhotoADay.

Here at the Cree Literacy Network, we’ve decided to play along, by gathering the images suggested – but (with help from Solomon Ratt) captioning them in Cree.

For Day Twenty-six, the word is Thunderbird:

piyêsiw / ᐱᔦᓯᐤ

The images I’ve chosen are of Winnipeg’s Circle of Life Thunderbird House at 715 Main Street. This building, designed by the great Douglas Cardinal has hosted hundreds of First Nations gatherings since it opened in 2000. Sadly, severe funding cuts now threaten its survival. I’m including with the photos a link to the March 2015 fundraising campaign:

http://www.gofundme.com/ThunderbirdHouse

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