Personal Stories

Feather Reine: Healing through Dance

Feather Reine shares her experience of growing-up as a troubled teen, disconnected from her family and culture. Through pow wow dancing, she begins healing, reconnecting with herself and her community. She now hopes that her message can be an inspiration for other young Indigenous people going through similar circumstances.

My uncle, Johnny Washie, one of our first Tlicho authors! :)

My uncle Johnny is not only an incredible author, he's also one of our very first Tlich authors. Johnny started writing for The Native Press in 1974 and he then started writing for The Press Independent. "I did my share," he told me. "I did my part."

 

Yes, you did, Uncle! :) You broke trail for voices like mine. 

 

:)

 

 

Mahsi cho.

 

Richard

Teaching Kindergarten students about family with Elder Theresa Strawberry

In the spring of 2018, Elder Theresa Strawberry visited teacher Kyla Pronovost and her kindergarten students. She shared teachings about the roles,value and honour of women, children, family and life from her worldview and experiences. The children chose to reflect their understanding and learning through drawings that they created.

Our Buffalo Hunts

A recollection of the Métis buffalo hunts from Victoria Callihoo (1861-1966). The story was originally printed in the Winter 1960 issue of Alberta Historical Review, Volume 8, Number 1. This story is significant because it is a first hand account of one of the last great buffalo hunts in Western Canada. Once the mainstay of the Métis lifestyle and economy, by the late 19th century the prairie herds had all been wiped out, forcing the Métis to adapt an agricultural lifestyle. Victoria Callihoo herself was a noted Métis historian who lived to be 105 years old. Here follows a brief biography from Library and Archives Canada:

Victoria Belcourt Callihoo was born in Lac Ste. Anne, a Métis community northwest of Edmonton. Living in Lac Ste. Anne for all her 104 years, she witnessed the many changes in Canadian life that took place in this time period. Questioning the value of money the first time she saw it, she preferred the "fur" system of barter which did not foster the hoarding of wealth. She was more approving of the telephone, as it permitted Callihoo, a woman related by blood or marriage to the Cree, Iroquois and French, to communicate in the language of her choice.

The daughter of a Cree medicine woman, she went to her first buffalo hunt in a Red River cart at age 13, when the great western bison herds could still be described as "a dark solid moving mass." She later farmed with her husband, Louis Callihoo, and raised 12 children. An expert teamster, she also freighted for the Hudson's Bay Company between Edmonton and Athabasca Landing.

Callihoo's vivid recollections, outlined in the Alberta Historical Review, are a remarkable window into 19th-century Métis daily life and customs. Indeed, she was still dancing the laborious Red River jig "the way it should be done" well past the age of 100.

A portrait of my aunty Rosa Washie: champion moccasin maker and champion everything maker. :)

Rosa can make anything: moccasins, jackets, vests--you name it.

My cousins say it's hard to get a photo of her smiling, but I find that I can get her to smile when I show up and start sharing stories and try my Tlicho Yatii!

 

:)
 

Here's to making our aunties smile.

 

I'm sure she shakes her head after I leave.

 

:)
 

All the best, everyone.

 

:)

 

Richard Van Camp