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Átaw: Dark & Light

Emily Washines

Tags Eclipse, Ichiskiin, Oral History, Poem, Sahaptin, Yakama Language

Átaw: Dark & Light

Have the changes in astrology brought questions or reflection for you? I will share oral history prompts and a poem for reflection There is a lot to be said on this topic. I like to see the different discussions and questions from different tribes. From other Natives, I've seen a popular question: What does the eclipse mean for our tribe? As far as one of the teachings for the Yakama tribe, the short answer is: It’s a reminder. Tribes have different beliefs. Even within tribes, depending on circumstance or if there is a specific state such as pregnancy or mourning,...


They Sang a Warrior Song for Her

They Sang a Warrior Song for Her

Why would elders sing a warrior song for a teenager that was not in the war or military, but had just won a pageant? It is almost 18 years later and I am still fully understanding this experience. The year was 1999. I was 18, and just won a second pageant, Miss National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). This was hosted by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Their homelands are also known as Palm Springs, California. I was supported by my tribe, the Yakama Nation to run for a second title. I am honored that I was able to hold...


Awesome Ancient Tool Knowledge from a Native

Emily Washines

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Awesome Ancient Tool Knowledge from a Native

From Broken Bows to Boarding School, A Native Man Carries Forward Ancient Tool Knowledge Do the Native kids today know how to hold a bow? Do they know what you use to hold together an obsidian knife? These questions fly at me in the grocery store when I happened to see my uncle Tom. I was both surprised to see him and excited to visit. Living on the reservation, you run into a lot of family at the grocery store. He began talking like we were in the middle of a conversation. Who is Uncle Tom? This native man appears...


Quick Guide for Native Language: Ichiskíin Łkw’íłkw’i

Quick Guide for Native Language: Ichiskíin Łkw’íłkw’i

This is a great resource for learning or teaching native languages. The greetings and daily words are in Ichiskiin   If you are just learning, this will help you pick up the language. If you are refreshing your language, this will be a good visual. If you are teaching, this will serve as a tool to use. With the summer, brings some time to visit with friends and family. Often that brings up language use. Maybe you want to speak more. Or, you just want a quick reminder of how to spell or say a word to share on social...


How my Native Friend Came Out: A Brilliant Reservation Story

How my Native Friend Came Out: A Brilliant Reservation Story

This is the brilliant story of my friend coming out For one reason or another, I did not know one of my best friend’s is gay. He told me as teenagers and I wanted to take the time to share his story with you.  With little information about how to make sure a friend knows you are there to support them, sometimes people struggle with the approach. This friend stood by my side. I grew up with him and we walked home from school. Each family and friend situation is unique and in all the years, I have never heard a...