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Blown up, and 21 meters down, Buffalo Child Stone is sacred as ever.

From CBC’s As It Happens, September 5th, 2014 (note that proper standard spelling of the rock’s name is mistasiniy): Saskatoon-based diver, Steven Thair is the first person in nearly 50 years to lay eyes on what remains of an important … Continue reading

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Tyrone Tootoosis, Sr. on the Treaty Six Flag

“Facelifted” from Tyrone Tootoosis Sr., September 10, 2013. Tyrone writes: Earlier this year, the University of Saskatchewan President’s Office requested that I compose a brief summary of the meaning and significance of the Treaty Six flag and that I serve … Continue reading

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iskwêwak: Women

“Facelifted” with thanks to Tyrone Tootoosis (For those learning SRO, equivalents appear in brackets): The Plains Cree word for Fire is “Iskotew”(iskotêw). The “otawew” (otêh ‘heart’) of our lodges/tipis is always the iskotew, as without fire, we would not have survived. As … Continue reading

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kisêyiniw ‘old man’

“Facelifted” with thanks to Tyrone Tootoosis (For those learning SRO, equivalents appear in brackets): The Plains Cree word for ‘Elderly Man’ is “Kisaynew” (kisêyiniw) and the two root words Kisay (kisê-) and new (-niw-) come from the following: Kisay comes … Continue reading

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Tyrone Tootoosis on the loss of language and culture

“Cree Literacy” isn’t just about learning to read the language. It’s also about understanding Cree history and Cree culture, an important educational goal not only for “nêhiyawak” but for non-Aboriginal Canadians as well.  Thanks to Tyrone Tootosis, Sr. for permission to … Continue reading

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