July 23, 2013
Last weekend, Annie, Dan, and Lorraine attended the 23rd annual Kahnawake POWWOW. Together with community members from the Mohawk territory and visitors, we heard religious songs, watched the colorful dances, and ate some Indian tacos, corn soup, and moose burgers. We interviewed a reporter of The Eastern Door and the outreach coordinator of the Native Women Shelter of Montreal. The Eastern Door is a local newspaper that shared human-interest stories, thoughts, and politics to keep community members informed. Their reporter described the history of POWWOW and complimented the POWWOW as an event where non-natives and natives make peace. The Native Women Shelter empowers women through native healing and care. Their outreach coordinator shared her experience attending POWWOW throughout the past 23 years.
As alternative and complementary medicine were practiced widely among the aboriginal populations, Annie and Lorraine interviewed Mrs. Elijah of Spirit Earth, a company that produces natural medicine and soap to learn more. Elijah used the analogy of 'Béké Bobo' (when you kiss your baby, s/he stops crying and his/her pain goes away!) to explain traditional healing comes from people's heart and soul. Elijah believed alternative medicine could be complementary to pharmaceutical drugs as time progress.
As well, Lorraine and Dan spoke with Morrison King and Judi Jacobs who are coordinators of the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention project and a participant of the traditional smoke dance. King and Jacobs explained the prevalence of diabetes in the reserve and how their cooking differed from the previous generation. One of the dancers told us about his regalia (the traditional native clothing) and what those patterns and accessories symbolize.
You can watch a video of the ceremony below:
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