National Indigenous History Month (y-dialect)

misiwêskamik kânata kistêyihcikâsow pîsim mâmâwaci-kayâs ohci kâ-pê-isi-pimâcihocik iyiniwak

ᒥᓯᐍᐢᑲᒥᐠ ᑳᓇᑕ ᑭᐢᑌᔨᐦᒋᑳᓱᐤ ᐲᓯᒼ ᒫᒫᐘᒋᑲᔮᐢ ᐅᐦᒋ ᑳᐯᐃᓯᐱᒫᒋᐦᐅᒋᐠ ᐃᔨᓂᐘᐠ

National Indigenous History Month

The photo provided for this post is one of Solomon Ratt’s. It is of a pictograph on the Churchill River, just downstream from Stanley Mission, where he grew up. It is found at a place he calls tahkohtâciwan, though it is a little difficult to translate, perhaps like, “flowing along at the top [of the rapids].” The word for pictograph is masinâpiskahikêwin. While Sol thinks the figure with raised hands must be Sasquatch, we both wondered whether he might be giving warning of Big Stanley Rapids, a little downstream and coming up fast. The screen grab below from Google maps shows the location of the pictograph along with Big and Little Stanley Rapids (pâwistik and pâwiscikos respectively).
(Thanks also to Andrea Custer for leading us down the fabulous rabbit hole of pictographs: a perfect symbol for Indigenous history.)

 

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