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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.?:

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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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....


  • 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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  • 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.


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!!!

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, ♥

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  • 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...:)

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))

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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!
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Dine Ashkii.

...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!
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...The Diné; the largest Native American Indian Tribe in the USA.

hello people!

i'm reposting something i featured in my journal. it's information about the Navajo.

i wrote it awhile back for an Art & Culture magazine at UIC (the school i am employed at), but it was not selected. so, in an act of revenge, i'm posting it here to share with people.



The Diné, or Navajo, is recognized as the largest Native American Indian Tribe in the United States. They live on the Navajo Nation, some 25,000 square miles of government reserve. It occupies all of northeastern Arizona, the southeastern portion of Utah, and northwestern New Mexico. It is positioned between four sacred mountains: Sierra Blanca Peak in the east, Mount Taylor in the south, San Francisco Peak in the west, and Mount Hesperus in the north. The land is spotted with large mountains covered in pine trees, red sandstones, and deep carving canyons.

Many areas of the Navajo Nation look familiar because film directors have often used the dramatic landscapes in their productions. Monument Valley for example, with its startling red sandstone monoliths and high cliffs, has been in numerous Hollywood movies and television commercials. John Wayne’s name and identity is synonymous with Monument Valley.

Members of the Navajo Nation are often known as Navajo, but traditionally, they call themselves Diné, which means “The People.” The Navajo believe that they traveled through several other worlds before reaching present day locations.

According to popular theory, the ancient ancestors of today’s Navajo may have lived in Asia, particularly in the region of present-day Mongolia. During the last Ice Age thousands of years ago, some of these ancient people may have migrated and crossed into North America by way of the Bering Straight. If one asks a traditional Navajo of his origin, he is likely to tell you that his ancestors were created in the very spot of the Navajo Nation – not thousands of miles away in a foreign country.

In the 1500’s, Spanish explorers and settlers arrived in Navajo territory. The Spanish visitors arrived with horses and long-haired sheep and goats which they brought with them from Europe. The Navajo soon captured some of these animals and established their own lively herds. This act would reinvent the face and culture of the Navajo people. The wool from the sheep was excellent for weaving and Navajo blankets and rugs soon became prized goods. The patterns used by Navajo weavers varied, but shades of red, white, and gray were popular. By the late 1600’s, the Navajo’s most important and valuable occupation was rug weaving. Today, Navajo Rugs are considered prized possessions and can demand prices of up to several thousand US dollars.

Aside from using the wool of the sheep for artistic purposes, it is not surprising that the meat from the sheep is a popular food to the Navajos. Mutton stews and roasts are common items found on a Navajo menu. The Navajo people also raise crops of corn as well as beans, squash, and fruits such as peaches and melons. The harvests from these crops help round out the large diet of meat.

One who travels through the Navajo Nation will see modern homes today. If one looks closer, they may also be able to see a much more ancient type of dwelling – the hogan. The hogan is a traditional Navajo home – an eight-sided, round structure – made of logs and soil. In the winter time, the hogan is kept warm by a roaring fire. In the summer time, it is kept cool by the hard-packed dirt floor. The entrance to the hogan always faces east to meet the rising sun. The inside of a hogan is simply one large room – about 20 feet across. Furniture and storage spaces line the wall while an iron stove or open fireplace sits directly in the center of the open room. In traditional times, the family would sleep on bedrolls made of sheep skin. In present days, metal beds might replace these bedrolls. It is common that many families have more than one hogan – one for living and the other for religious ceremonial activities. Summer hogans and winter hogans exist as well, keeping true to seasonal sheep grazing areas.

The Navajo is a matrilineal society – which means that the children are born into their mothers’ clan and their descent is traced through the females. Navajo people grow up with strong ties to their mothers, their lands, and their culture. By telling stories and sharing traditions, the maternal grandfather teaches the Navajo way of life. The paternal grandfather guides one in prayer and honor.

Diné Bizaad, the language the Navajo speak, is an Athabascan language spoken solely in the southwest United States. Interestingly, there are other Native American Indian tribes in Canada that speak Athapascan languages.

During World War II, a code based on Diné Bizaad was used by code talkers to send secure military messages over the radio. These brave, heroic men became known as the Navajo Code Talkers. Between the years of 1939-1945, the United States was at war with the Japanese in World War II. The Navajo Nation sent some 4,000 men and 12 women to serve in the military. Of the thousand who served, 400 of those Navajo men created a secret code which was known to only a few non-Navajo. The Navajo Code Talkers, as they were later named, chose one word in Navajo for each letter of the English alphabet. They used Navajo words for military terms. An “owl” for example, was an observation plane; a “turtle” became a tank; and an “egg” (bomb) was dropped by a “buzzard” (bomber). Traditional Navajo clan names were used for military units.

Soon after, an entire network of Navajo Code Talkers was created. Though the Japanese broke the military codes used by the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force, they never broke the code of the Navajo Marines. The Navajo Code Talkers were hushed to secrecy until 1968. In 2001, the service of the Navajo Code Talkers was recognized when they were awarded Gold and Silver Congressional Medals of Honor.

Currently, Diné Bizaad claims more speakers than any other Native American Indian language north of the US-Mexico border (with more than 140,000 native speakers). Diné Bizaad is taught in high schools on the Navajo Nation and a number of universities across the country.

Today, there are 290,000 members of the Navajo Nation living in the United States. Many of course, live on the reservation. One will see a mixture of the modern and the traditional on the Navajo Nation today. Many Navajos live in modern houses while others continue to live in traditional hogans. A large percent of Navajos continue to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors by raising sheep, farming lands, and practicing crafts such as rug weaving. Others work as mining engineers, health care professionals, lawyers, and educators.

The reservation of the Navajo people was created by the Treaty of 1868. Today, rightfully called the Navajo Nation, there is a president, a congress, and a court system in full operation. About a hundred chapters, divisions of local governments on the Navajo Nation, send representatives to the capital located at Window Rock, Arizona.

Instead of using outsiders, the Navajo run many of their own schools. As a respect and honor for Navajo tradition, classes are taught in the Navajo language as well as English. Many children leave their families and travel long distances to day-schools to live in boarding schools. Many schools lack the basic necessities – books, computers, and other necessary equipment – but their desire to be educated is unparalleled. Scholars teach Navajo history, culture, and language to both Navajo and non-Navajo people. Navajo radio stations, television stations, and newspapers keep people informed in the Navajo language.

The Diné are an ancient people with a fascinating history and tradition. They believe they were created from Mother Earth and Father Sky. They are a part of the land, a part of their weaving, and a part of their Mother’s beauty.


i'm Navajo from Arizona living in China as an English professor.

currently, i'm visiting family in Arizona for 3 glorious weeks (17 January-06 February 2010). i'd love stay longer, as i've been away for more than 3 years, but work pulls me back to the PRC.

i hope people enjoy their ethnicities despite racism and all it's ugly friends. be proud of who you are!! stand strong and be educated!

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