First Nation Talking Stick Protocol

The Talking stick, used in many Indigenous cultures, is an ancient and powerful “communication tool” that ensures a code of conduct of respect during meetings is followed. The person holding the stick, and only that person, is designated as having the right to speak and all others must listen quietly and respectfully.

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11 Things you should know about Aboriginal Oral Traditions

Oral traditions retain the history of Aboriginal Peoples by passing cultural information from one generation to the next. For Aboriginal communities creation stories, connections to the land, historical accounts, traditional ecological knowledge, teachings, language, and culture stories have been kept alive through oral traditions for thousands of years. These stories and accounts have been passed from generation to generation without ever being transcribed - when you think about it, that’s a stunning amount of information that has been and continues to be retained and shared.

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Potlatch: what I learned as a guest

In 2014 I was honoured to be invited to witness a potlatch just off Northern Vancouver Island and wanted to provide a bit of history and some important things I learned so others who have a similar honour will get the most of their experience.
By Julie Domvile, Guest Contributor.

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Keepers Of The Children Reconnect With Native American Heritage

July 30, 2013 - Reno, NV -- In 2004, Laura Ramirez published what was to be an award-winning book and a great source of wisdom and support for parents throughout America and further afield. Now almost a decade later, "Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting" continues to attract great reviews, especially amongst Native Americans looking to reconnect with traditional values.

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Creation Stories - The Origins of Culture

An Exploration of Ktunaxa creation stories

by Tanya Laing Gahr

This video was created as part of a thesis project for a master’s degree in professional communication, and represents an exploration of the Ktunaxa Nation’s creation stories in order to understand the significance of these narratives in the formation and maintenance of the Ktunaxa (also known as the Kutenai/Kootenay in Canada, or the Ksanka or Kootenai in the U.S.) culture. These stories inform and support the Ktunaxa ways of knowing, their world views, their history pre- and post-contact, and their connection to the geography of the Ktunaxa territory. Themes that emerged through the ceremony of storytelling include life lessons, communal understandings about characters and landscapes, and the experience of reclaiming culture following residential school trauma as well as the ways that Ktunaxa elders say these stories relate to and support the culture of the Ktunaxa, past and present.

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The Wampum with Ken Maracle

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The Pow Wow - First Nation Pow Wow Dances


Bob Joseph
This is the third in our three part series on the First Nation pow wow. The first was a primer, the second was about the all important protocol, and in this article we have brief descriptions of some of the common elements and dances of pow wows.

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The Pow Wow - First Nation Pow Wow Protocol

This is the second in our three part series on powwows. In the first part, The Powwow – A Primer on First Nation Powwows a bit of the history. This article is about powwow protocol and the third part is about the dances.

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The Pow wow A Primer on the First Nation Pow wow

 This is the first in a series of articles on the First Nation pow wow - short history, the dances, the drums, the songs, and the all important protocol.

What is a pow wow? A pow wow is a celebration of dance, drums and songs - they are a tradition, a festival, a competition, a reunion, an arts and crafts venue, a food fair - one word cannot encompass the many facets of a pow wow; they are a feast for all five senses.

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Potlatch Ban: Abolishment of First Nations Ceremonies

 When the British North America (BNA) Act was passed in 1867, Canada became a country but remained a colony of the British Empire. The BNA Act provided the basic governmental structures and laws by which Canada would govern its peoples. One section in particular - section 91(24) - defined the relationship between the government and Aboriginal Peoples, echoes of which continues to define the relationship to this day.

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