Thursday, July 17, 2008

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Living Healing Quilt Project - One Stitch at a Time.
"If you or someone you know has been directly affected by Indian Residential Schools, then we encourage you to contribute to the Living Healing Quilt Project. The Living Healing Quilt Project is a unique way to get involved and promote a better understanding about the experiences endured by children who attended Indian Residential Schools.

Call for Quilt Blocks – How You Can Get Involved

Create your own 13” x13” square quilt block. Choose your own colour, design and material. Paint on canvas or stiff paper, or use a photo - your image can be transferred onto fabric.

Dedicate your square to a child or adult affected by Indian Residential Schools. Individual squares will represent what you wish to express about the history or your personal experience of Indian Residential Schools.


1. A brief story about your square
2. Your name, address and email
3. Your phone number (If you wish to be contacted about the progress of the quilt)

Deadline for Submissions is August 31, 2008

Please mail to:
Alice Olsen Williams
Curve Lake First Nation, ON
K0L 1R0
Tel: (705) 657-3319.

Once completed, the Living Healing Quilt Project will travel across the country with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Living Healing Quilt Project will honour the strength, courage, and commitment of Indian Residential School Survivors and bring awareness to Canadians about Indian Residential Schools, as we move forward together on a path of healing.


The modern Native American experience is a struggle for identity—and justice.

Great post at Vodka Recuperation Society of Northwestern Ontario.
"... We used to settle territorial disputes with a game of lacrosse with everyone able on each side - a tree at either area used as the net, nets sometimes like 5 miles apart. People would get killed but if you scored the goal it was problem solved if you won and move on if you didn't. To settle territorial disputes you give smart bombs to dumb people and you shot into the Winnipeg General Strike and you shot a man from 2400 meters away but back then you were vastly outnumbered. My point is - there was no war and you would not have won it. America wouldn't have won it either, 100 years later they couldn't even take Viet Nam. Why? Because this is HOME to us. (Not you.) (OK you too but less so.) (OK I'll honour the treaty we can share it.)

You also did not swing through, talking a mysterious language and swindling and heavy-handed and plying everyone's winter stomachs with whiskey. A lot's made of that but hell I wouldn't even buy a house without the realtor pouring me a sharp rye, nevermind a business decision to share Canada. And that's what it was - to share the village. Exchange cultures with your tribe just as with other tribes across Turtle Island, tribes such as yknow VIKINGS. It's 2008 and I still have no concept of land ownership, I've cut down a lot of trees and not one of them ever grew a price tag. Dug into the ground a lot, never unearthed a bar code. Haven't yet reeled in a receipt..." [Emphasis is mine. :Eric]


Only free until July 20; from Joss Whedon of Firefly/Serenity and Buffy the Vampire Slayer:


Researcher Leads Underwater Archeological Expedition in Gulf of Mexico in Search of First Americans.

KISS went disco, and still rocked hard.

Rainy Lake prehistoric pottery sherds (and couple lithic flakes).

prehistoric rainy lake pottery

prehistoric rainy lake pottery


Native Blog; Barriere Lake Solidarity.

Contact your MP.


Great online store of products incorporating the imagery of Ajijaak Studio, Ojibway art from Garden River, Ontario.

It's about frackin' time, the Will Lahti show is finally online.

Five Native American treasures within driving distance [of NY city].

N. Scott Momaday will be keynote speaker July 19, 2008; Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest.
"N. Scott Momaday, considered the dean of American Indian writers, grew up steeped in language.
As a young Kiowa boy, the stories of his family and tribe flowed richly from storytellers, music and even art, infusing him with a strong self-identity and anchoring him to a sense of place.
"The oral tradition gave me the rhythm, the repetition and even the music that shaped my writing," Mr. Momaday says..."

South Carolina chiefs get back the right to perform marriages.

Daphne Odjig; 'I never dreamed I would be in the National Gallery'.

Quick history of the removal of Indian Territory by Pennsylvania.

Review of Native Art show, Keeping the Faith,
"... will be up through August at Piante Gallery, 620 Second Street in Eureka. The 14 artists are: Alme Allen, Rick Bartow, Robert Benson, George Blake, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Julian Lang, Frank LaPena, Deborah McConnell, Louisa Debrose McConnell, Karen Noble, Annelia Norris, Lyn Risling, Brian D. Tripp and Frank Tuttle."


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