First Nation Medicine, Stories and Skeptics

Scientists have been skeptical of the theory of firehawks spreading fires by carrying burning sticks. The Aborigines have known for centuries, maybe even for millennia, what scientists are discovering today. There have been other instances of scientists discovering what North American Indigenous people have known all along. Native medicine is getting a second look from … Continue reading First Nation Medicine, Stories and Skeptics

Halloween at the Trapline – cīpay tipiskāw wanihikīskanahk

As a boy, kāmikiskak – freeze-up time, was hit and miss at the trapline because during October we had to stay on land. Sometimes we were grounded for weeks on end. One year, we were actually at the trapline for a Halloween. nimosōm ikwa nōhkom – my grandfather and grandmother, kept bringing up cīpay tipiskāw … Continue reading Halloween at the Trapline – cīpay tipiskāw wanihikīskanahk

First Fall of Snow – instam kāmispok

Today we had the first major snowfall in Hall Lake. I woke up to the world covered in snow. I almost posted a picture for my FB friends who do not have a window but that is a joke I overused already, and I don’t want to get banned from Facebook. I took a few … Continue reading First Fall of Snow – instam kāmispok

mistāpiw namīhtāw – Bigfoot has left tracks

Going through my Facebook feed this morning, I noticed a shared post by Jarome Stpierre and it showed a picture and a video of somebody leaving huge tracks. I was intrigued and decided to share with you what his father has taken footage of. Seeing tracks like this must be awesome. I can only imagine … Continue reading mistāpiw namīhtāw – Bigfoot has left tracks

nitīm – my dog

I remember when I was about 10 or 11 years old and nimosōm – my grandfather told me that he used to have a dog team. It was fascinating to hear about the places he travelled with his team. It was places nearby but hearing it as a young boy, it sounded so much more … Continue reading nitīm – my dog

My visit to Pesiw Lake – nikīyokān pīsiw sākāhikanihk

I recently went to my childhood summer home of Pesiw Lake. I took my wife and grandchild to the landing of the lake because I wanted to see how it looks after all this time. It was a place that I have many fond memories of, as you have read from the previous posts. The … Continue reading My visit to Pesiw Lake – nikīyokān pīsiw sākāhikanihk

nōhkom wāpahtam machi-pimithākan – My grandmother saw a UFO

When I was a boy, nōhkom (my grandmother) from my father’s side,  told us a story a story about how she saw a UFO. It was skimming over the trees across from nimosōm owāskahikanis (grandfather’s cabin). She was with nitawīmāw (my female cousin from father’s brother) when they were at the shore and saw the … Continue reading nōhkom wāpahtam machi-pimithākan – My grandmother saw a UFO

nisīmis ikwa nitawīmāw īpimiskohtīyahk – My sister, my cousin and I, walk on the ice

piyakwāw kaki sīkwahk (once when it was spring), but maybe it was more mithōskamin (break-up of the six-seasons), nisīmis ikwa nitawīmāw (my younger sister and female cousin from father’s brother) decided to go check out the lake. We were across the lake from nimosōminān (our grandfather’s) cabin waiting out mithōskamin so niwahkōmākinānak (our families) could … Continue reading nisīmis ikwa nitawīmāw īpimiskohtīyahk – My sister, my cousin and I, walk on the ice