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July 13th, 2017


ringlat
09:15 pm - Greenlandic? Inuktitut?
Hey guys, I'm trying to learn Greenlandic / Inuktitut etc but it's pretty difficult when you're on your own, if any of you happen to know one of those related dialects I'd really love someone to help teach me ;_; I'm also learning Chinook Jargon if you want!

Age?: 25
Native?: Like 1/30th and not raised in the culture, LOL!
What brings you here?: Nowadays my "culture" (not eating "white people food" like sugar, white flour and alcohol; making stuff on my own because I'm dirt-poor, etc) actually fits in with native culture pretty well so I've been thinking about it more and more, and I want to learn some native languages...
Family ties?: (birth family) Pacific Northwest (Tacoma, Kettle Falls/Spokane area, California), (married-into family) Sami/Lappland, Sweden, Finland.
Did you grow up on a reservation, homestead, etc.?:
No.

Do you practice a form or forms of your native culture?: I'm not sure what counts. As a kid we sure did a lot of "native" stuff just naturally or in school (ex. eating nettles, making dream-catchers, natives came to read poetry, totem poles were everywhere, I visited salmon festivals and native circuses, in elementary school we read native fairytales...) and nowadays I don't live in North America anymore so stuff that I otherwise would be doing, like eating traditional American foods, I can't because they don't grow here! I don't go hunting or anything (anymore - I did as a kid). But I do stuff like brush my teeth with a licorice root instead of a toothbrush, don't use shampoo, etc, so I think that kinda counts I guess...

Do you speak/understand your native language?: Well I don't know which one I'm supposed to have, hereditarily speaking, but I'm learning Chinook Jargon (=the native language for the entire Pacific Northwest) and have gotten pretty far with it, and I've just started on the "Inuit" language (Greenlandic/Inuktitut etc, they're just dialects of each other) this week. The real problem is I have no conversation partners, and while I do have one for Chinook Jargon they speak an entirely different dialect with a different speling system so I don't understand half of what they say...

Your interests and/or anything else you'd like to share?:

I REALLY want to write textbooks for minority languages so everyone can learn them more easily. So if you do actually speak something, I'd be really glad if you could teach me so I could figure it out and then write a book on it. My general interests are languages, cooking, anime, manga. I live in Sweden but am hoping to move to Japan and Greenland in the future.

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February 4th, 2017


caligirlartist
08:20 am - Rise on Viceland
Anyone here watch Rise on the channel Viceland? I first watched it last week when they re ran the first 2 eps about Standing Rock and the Dakota Pipeline protesting efforts and struggles. Last night's new episode was about how the Apache in Oak Flat ( in AZ) are fighting against Rio Tinto's mining company. I did not know that John McCain was championing for the mining company! I would have supported Bernie a lot more hehe had I known his role....

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December 5th, 2010


kill_inhibition
07:15 am - Hello!

  • Name? Blue Star Woman

     
  • Age? 24

     
  • Are you Native? Yes

     
  • If so, what is your affiliation? Ojibwe. Turtle clan.

     
  • If not, what brings you here?

     
  • Your "family ties" are in what areas? Manitoba

     
  • Did you grow up on a reservation, homestead, etc.? No

     
  • Do you practice a form or forms of your native culture? I am just learning the culture. My Grandmother is a residential school survivor and my dad, uncles and aunts were all placed in Christian foster homes. My dad has an aversion to traditional culture but my uncle doesn't and is pointing me in the right direction.

     
  • Do you speak/understand your native language? If so which one(s)? No. I can say my name, and a few basic greetings. I tried to take Ojibwe language classes in university but it was way over my head.

     
  • Your interests and/or anything else you'd like to share? Now that I have a son I am trying to learn as much as possible so I can teach him the culture. My partner is not native but is interested in the culture. I'm also vegan and the use of animals in our culture prohibits me. I wont dance because I wont make a dress using animals. I still allow myself to do sweats even though it means sitting on/under hides and using rattles but that is where I draw my line. While I do not judge others, avoiding the use of animals in our traditions is my personal internal battle (between spirituality and personal ethics).


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July 28th, 2010


mezza_pinta
03:32 pm

  • Name? Nana

     
  • Age? 20

     
  • Are you Native? Yes

     
  • If so, what is your affiliation? Choctaw. Cherokee. Lakota Souix.
     
  • If not, what brings you here? Curiosity.

     
  • Your "family ties" are in what areas? Oklahoma. Dakotas. Missippi.

     
  • Did you grow up on a reservation, homestead, etc.? No, in a small city in Wisconsin.
     
  • Do you practice a form or forms of your native culture? Yes, what I know of it.  

     
  • Do you speak/understand your native language? If so which one(s)? I wish.
     
  • Your interests and/or anything else you'd like to share? Not at the moment.


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July 11th, 2010


silverstars230
09:35 pm - Shayla Oulette for Miss Teen Canada-World
Shayla has a Cree heritage and has relatives from the Muscowpetung Indian Reserve in Saskatchewan, and she also has Metis heritage with relatives from the Batoche area.
Shayla is my  little cousin who is currently competing in Toronto for the title of Miss Teen Canada-World. The thing is, for the first part of the competition each contestant must gain enough online votes in order to be guaranteed a spot in the top 20. It would be VERY much appreciated if you could vote for her. It takes mere minutes to do so!
Follow the link here and the instructions below!!!
www.missteencanadaworld.com/this_year/contestant_detail/227

EVERY VOTE HELPS! Tell your friends! Thank you :)
Voting for Miss Teen Canada opens today and goes until July 17th. Any votes help and it would be VERY much appreciated. A few things to note about voting.
1. Once you go to Shayla's page you will be asked to "become a VIP" fill out the information and if you feel uncomfortable giving your cell number, do not worry, as it is unnecessary.
2. You will be sent a confirmation email that will likely show up in your junk mail. Click the link and follow it back to the miss teen site, then proceed to vote for Shayla with your email.
Then that is it! It takes literally about 5 minutes!
Help Shayla win Miss Teen!
Thank you VERY Much
xoxo, ♥

                                                           

Current Mood: determined

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July 2nd, 2010


candisayshello
12:30 am
  • Name? Candice
     
  • Age? 22
     
  • Are you Native? 1/2.
     
  • If so, what is your affiliation? Crow (Apsaalooke) and Choctaw.
     
  • If not, what brings you here?
     
  • Your "family ties" are in what areas?
     
  • Did you grow up on a reservation, homestead, etc.? No, I grew up in the suburbs, disconnected from my culture.
     
  • Do you practice a form or forms of your native culture? As much as I can, considering I didn't grow up with it.
     
  • Do you speak/understand your native language? If so which one(s)? I wish I could understand Apsaalooke and speak it, but there are limited resources for this. I've been to native-languages.org and several other places, but have yet to find anything with a lot in it. I cannot speak the Choctaw language, either but I am trying to learn. My great-grandma (still alive today) did not speak it to my grandpa or anyone else and may not have known it fully herself. I want to reintroduce it into our everyday life, as I have decided I definitely want children in the future and want them to know who they are, where they came from, and be able to speak the language fluently.
     
  • Your interests and/or anything else you'd like to share? Not much now...:)

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June 30th, 2010


lilla_my_
01:11 pm - Louise Erdrich - wanted))

Hi, guys. I’m writing for help. I badly need books by Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine in the first place, but others as well. I’m a scholar and I’m doing a bit of analysis of Jacklight’s poems now, but certainly this won’t be enough. So, please, if someone has some may be scanned or something texts by Erdrich, I would highly appreciate it if you share!!! I’m in Russia, so it’s difficult to order rare books from abroad, and I failed to find any download links. By the way, I’m also looking for books by Momaday))) Thank you in advance))



Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Travis - Closer

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February 16th, 2010


sarah09irish
08:40 pm - Aanii
Aanii!  Sarah n'dishnikaaz, makwa dodem.  Hello!  My name is Sarah and I'm of the bear clan.  It's nice to talk and get to know people, so I thought I would join this community to do just that.  Here is some information about me:

  • Name? Sarah

     
  • Age? 20

     
  • Are you Native? Yes

     
  • If so, what is your affiliation? Chippewa (Swan Creek band of MI)

     
  • If not, what brings you here? Looking to meet new people

     
  • Your "family ties" are in what areas? Michigan
     
  • Did you grow up on a reservation, homestead, etc.? No.  I live in a city that is roughly 15-20 miles from my rez.

     
  • Do you practice a form or forms of your native culture? Yes, I do.  Everyday.

     
  • Do you speak/understand your native language? If so which one(s)? Unfortunately, I don't know as much as I want to.  :(  Where I'm from, we speak Ojibwe and it's dying so fast here.  Also, my grandmother never taught my mom and her siblings the language, so my family only knows very few words.  I am learning, however, and I don't intend to stop until I am fluent.
     
  • Your interests and/or anything else you'd like to share? I am getting into non-competitive, contemporary jingle dress dancing.  I absolutely love it!
               Miigwetch!
Current Mood: energeticenergetic

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February 11th, 2010


jonasdl520
05:06 am - ...on the NAVAJO menu.
ya'at'eeh abini!
(good morning)

at present, i'm feeling hunger pains. so, i'd like to share some photos of things i ate while home in Tse Nitsaa Deez'ahi, Arizona, USA (not all at once of course [although that may have been grand!], but throughout the length of my stay):

1. dibe bitsi' atoo' (mutton stew)
- fresh lamb meat with various vegetables...


2. haniigaii (pasole stew)
- fresh lamb meat with white corn...


3. dah diniilghaazh (fry bread)
- a flour bread made especially by my mum. :-)


4. Navajo Burger
- a "burger" made with fry bread, hamburger meat, and all the fixin's!


as you see, the NAVAJO menu can be quite tantalizing... :-) NAVAJO food mainly consists of sheep and goat meat. depending on the season, unique and colorful dishes can be found throughout the year!

bon appetit!
Current Location: Zhuhai, China
Current Mood: hungryhungry

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