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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...


Return of the Wapato: The Power of Tribal Voice

Return of the Wapato: The Power of Tribal Voice

How do Native Languages include a database of knowledge in one word? The oral history and legends are powerful records to learn and share. The easiest example is to think of a name. This name connects to what you know about the person, but it certainly builds over time. In the process of speaking and teaching Native languages, it is important to pause and acknowledge the database that exists within one word.   For the people who grew up hearing and speaking the language, this is inherent knowledge. For people speaking or teaching one or two words at a time, on the pathway...


The Warrior Tradition with Wiu'xun

The Warrior Tradition with Wiu'xun

  What does it mean to be a warrior and what traditions are carried on? For this question, I asked for my dad's help. I grew up hearing him and our family talk about history. Yet, there was something in his background he did not share until later.    One day after elementary school, I came home and told my dad all the things I learned about the Vietnam War. I talked non-stop for 10 minutes.  My dad simply replied, "I know, I was there."  He took his time, but he began to tell us more of his time there....