Episode Eight / Takastepanichikewin Niyananeow
CHIPPEWAS OF KETTLE POINT FIRST NATION
Heading to the Ojibway Territory, Kettle Point First Nation, to see Elder Patricia Shawnoo and her partner, Rueben Naiche. We learn about kettles which are spherical rock formations, but they’re also known as Thunderbird Eggs which are pretty neat. And they’ve everywhere!! Now off to the powwow grounds to learn traditional powwow dancing. We’re not very good at dancing, but we’re excited to give it our best shot.
Meet the Knowledge Keeper / Elder
Elder Name: Patricia Shawnoo
Who is your role model / hero? Tecumtha (also known as Tecumseh).
Words to live by/favorite traditional teaching: “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself”. -Tecumtha (Tecumseh)
Knowledge Keeper Name: Rueben Naiche
What is your favorite outdoor activity? Horseshoe & Hiking.
Words to live by/favorite traditional teaching: “Live everyday like your last within your heart” – Naiceh Cheyanne
Question: True of False: Kettles can also be referred as “Thunderbird Eggs”?.
Answer: True. According to community storytellers, Kettles look like Thunderbird eggs, which are powerful spirits that bring healing rains to the land and people.
First Nation Name
Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation
Located in southern Ontario along the shores of Lake Huron,35km from Sarnia, Ontario, near the Michigan border.
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2,168 registered band members (1,282 living on reserve)
Ojibways, Potawotamis, and Odawas. The dialectical difference in the Anishinaabemowin spoken by the fluent members of Kettle and Stony Point reflects their unique history; the language is a combination of both Pottawatomi and Ojibway.