Aboriginal Experiences longhouse burns down
A fire on Ottawa's Victoria Island has destroyed the cherished longhouse of a program that connects tourists with First Nations culture.
"The longhouse isn't just a structure. It has great spiritual connection and value to our people," said Rhonda Doxtator, site manager for Aboriginal Experiences.
The fire broke out Friday night in the wood structure, which was partly constructed from a special bark that took two years to collect.>>>
Sealaska Corporation has repatriated 33 cultural objects from a Massachusetts museum on behalf of Tlingit clans in southeast Alaska.
Most of the objects were repatriated on behalf of the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe and title will be officially transferred to them at a future ceremony, said Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl, an anthropologist who assisted in the repatriation.
The collection underscores the creativity and talent of our ancestors, Worl said.>>>
The department of Education, Culture and Employment hosted the "NWT Aboriginal Languages Symposium (ALS)" last week in Yellowknife. At least 250 delegates representing NWT aboriginal language community workers, language professionals, aboriginal organizations, elders, youth, and government agencies were in attendance.
Having all the knowledgeable people together to brainstorm new ideas to inspire one another is a positive way to ensure there will be traditional language speakers in the future.>>>
Australian police in central Queensland have turned to Aboriginal culture to help solve some modern day problems. They've developed a program which encourages indigenous boys to re-connect with their traditional culture. The program is proving so successful it's now being expanded to other areas.>>>Nebraska center will focus on Pawnee culture
DANNEBROG - Many of the pieces of art at the Pawnee Arts Building here look like traditional Native American works, maybe artifacts.
At least, that is, until you look closer. On those medicine boxes are gas cans and people in classic cars. There's a painting of Native Americans hunting buffalo - while riding Indian motorcycles.>>>