Pow Wow in Montana
Pow Wows 2021
Will there be one in your area?
I attended many pow wows in Arizona while attending university.
They are similar and yet different than a Potlatch in that the later is by invitation and the former is usually open to the public.
I had the pleasure & honor of attending numerous west coast Potlatches. If you look closely at this Pow Wow in Albuquerque, New Mexico, you will see several dancers from west coast communities.
No doubt! History is not attached in inanimate objects but in the minds and hearts of people. I can't imagine having to see a statue of someone responsible for the burial of the children in Kamloops, BC. I noticed Ryerson University toppled a statue! Nice job guys. Any of John MacDonald? Barack Obama, in his memoires, comments about our civil war and the praises for those fighting to keep slavery. I suspect the statues of those men have been removed.
A critic of this movement has to walk in the shoes of those affected by the evil of their past.
Aboriginal Pride. I know absolutely nothing about hockey but my friend and colleague Jackson Pennington does. He played for Northern Michigan University and coached at StoneHead High School when he worked undercover for the Secret Service. He told me about Carey Price of the Montreal Canadians who is indigenous from British Columbia.
David A. Robertson, a Cree author based in Winnipeg, writes books for readers of all ages. He has published 25 books across a variety of genres, including the graphic novels Will I See? and Sugar Falls, a Governor General's Literary Award-winning picture book called When We Were Alone, illustrated by Julie Flett, and The Reckoner, a YA trilogy.
In 2020 alone, Robertson published three books: the memoir Black Water, the graphic novel Breakdown and the middle-grade novel The Barren Grounds. He also hosted the CBC Manitoba podcast Kiwew.
My grandmother, Sarah Robertson, attended Norway House Indian Residential School in the 1920s and early 1930s. She died having never told her story, other than to remark to one of her granddaughters how sad it had made her when they cut her hair. And to tell my mother that her sister had died while attending Towers Island Day School, but she'd not found out until long after Maggie's death.
Her experience is lost history, a story that will remain forever untold. At Norway House Indian Residential School, officials fed children rotten food. Girls slept outside on balconies because enrolment was always overcapacity. Kids were tied up so that they wouldn't run away. In 1907, a boy, Charles Cline, ran away after getting beaten for wetting his bed. He lost six toes after seeking protection from the elements in a shed. And how were school officials held accountable? Charles's mom was given a bag of flour every month for the rest of the school year.
Stories have been, and always will be, the best way to educate ourselves about the truth.
My grandmother may have experienced similar trauma or may have avoided it by some miracle, but we'll never know.
Last week, the bodies of 215 children, some as young as three, were found buried at Kamloops Indian Residential School. Indigenous people knew a discovery like this was an eventuality as much as we know that it's a tragedy that will be repeated.
The Truth & Reconciliation Commission confirmed 3,200 deaths as part of its investigation, but Senator Murray