Cultural Links

– Legends from various indigenous nations.  Most of them run close to an hour and as explained on the site, “they are transcribed, lightly dramatized, cast within the communities, and recorded in English and the native language”.  A fantastic resource for authentic stories actually produced in the communities they come from!

– this is less of a language site and more of a companion site to a television show on APTN.  I haven’t seen the show yet because I don’t have television 🙂

– This resource focuses on the Camperville Michif dialect right now, and just launched last summer.  There are plans to expand it, and it really pushes digital boundaries.  Beautiful graphics and use of still photography to create movement…please check it out!

– One particular style of sash has come to be associated with the Métis, but of course there were others that have been overlooked or forgotten.  The lady who runs this blog has been working on preserving and promoting those other patterns, which I think is a fantastic boon to combat pan-Métisism.

– Another cool interactive site…you can ‘go back to Batoche’ as it was in 1885 and see what is going on there these days.  Very cool to navigate around.

– This is also from the Gabriel Dumont Institute in Saskatchewan, and you will be able to find tonnes of audio and video files in Michif as well.  A lot to look through.

– This is a really neat resource!  There are video and audio resources, but also a role-playing game for kids.  Well worth spending some time checking out!

– This is a CBC series on the people and programs in place in Edmonton, AB for aboriginal peoples.  Many inspiring stories!

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One Response to Cultural Links

  1. Stu says:

    Hey, thanks. There are some really great links here. My family comes from a Metis background, but at some point along the way we lost most of our culture indigenous culture, so really all I know is anglo-canadian culture. I have my theories about why it happened, but we don’t need to get into it. I want to learn more about indigenous life and culture so I can teach it to my children, but sometimes you can only learn so much from books and websites and need to actually talk with people if you want to make progress. Do you know any people or groups in Central Alberta who help people like me with problems like this? It would be great if you could.

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