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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana

  

No. 040, July 2014

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2014 North American Indigenous Games Are Under Way

The First Nations University of Canada at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada hosts the 2014 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) from July 20-27. During the games, approximately 4,700 athletes from across Canada and the United States are expected to compete in 12 different sporting events. Keep up with activities on Twitter @NAIGVolunteers

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Mayan People's Council Organizes National Strike in Guatemala

"On Monday, June 23 in Guatemala, the Mayan People's Council, known as CPO, declared a national strike in support of, and in solidarity with, the Mayan people of Guatemala. Local indigenous populations took to the street at 29 different locations all over the country in demand for equality in dignity and rights.

"Lolita Chávez, Maya Quiché, and member of the political commission of CPO, explained: 'We want the Government to respect our way of living and the society we want, and in which hydroelectric and mining projects as well as monocultures have no place.'..." Read the entire article.

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

A collection of opinions and perspectives on the issues impacting you. Postings are from a variety of sources including Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA) staff or other media." Navigate to the collection.

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Indigenous Women Walk to Canada's Parliament to Have Treaties Honoured

June 18, 2014 - Robbin Whachell

"Ontario, Canada - On the 18th of June 2014, Indigenous elders from Onion Lake in Saskatchewan and Alberta performed a 12-hour ceremonial gathering called Iskewak Pasikowak (women rising up) on Victoria Island before walking to Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The event started with a ceremony at sunrise until 11:30 am and then they walked to Parliament Hill." Read the entire article.

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First North American hunters 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, speared mastodon fossil shows

"A new and astonishing chapter has been added to North American prehistory in regards to the first hunters and their hunt for the now extinct giant mammoth-like creatures -- the mastodons. Professor Eske Willerslev's team from the Centre for

GeoGenetics, University of Copenhagen, has in collaboration with Michael Waters' team at the Center for the Study of the First Americans, University of Texas A&M, shown that the hunt for large mammals occurred at least 1,000 years before previously assumed." Read the entire article.

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Bringing Eyak Back: A New Generation of dAXunhyuu Learn Their Mother Tongue

by Sophia Mitrokostas, Cultural Survival

"In 2008, Eyak became the first Native language declared extinct in Alaska. Now, with the help of the internet and a grant from the Administration for Native Americans, Eyak is also on its way to becoming the first language in the state to be brought back to life.

"Eyak is part of the Na-Dené language family and was historically spoken by the dAXunhyuu people living along the Gulf of Alaska coast, near the mouth of the Copper River. The last remaining native Eyak speaker, Marie Smith Jones, died in 2008 and was survived by a small community of people hungry for the words they had lost." Read the entire article.

Marie Smith Jones

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