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This year the Traditional Teachings is presented by the Indigenous Studies Program of McMaster University.

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2005 Traditional Teachings Tent Schedule
Speaker Overview


2005 Traditional Teachings Tent Schedule:

Saturday, November 26th , 2005
Facilitator: Dawn Martin-Hill

Time Teaching
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

Opening Prayer
Showing of Elders Summit Documentary: Jidwa': doh -
"Let's Become Again"

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm Panel of Elders:
Arvol Looking Horse – Lakota 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred Pipe
Birgil Kills Straight – Oglala
Louise McDonald – Bear Clan Mother, Mohawk Nation
Ernest Sundown – Big Island Cree
Discussion of Documentary
4:30 pm - 6:20 pm Dinner Break
6:30 pm - 6:20pm Arvol Looking Horse – Lakota 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred Pipe
Buffalo Teachings
7:00 pm - 7:20 pm Birgil Kills Straight – Oglala
Seven Sacred Laws
7:30 pm - 7:50 pm Louise McDonald – Bear Clan Mother, Mohawk Nation
Birthing and Childrearing Teachings
8:00 pm - 8:20 pm

Sundown - Big Island Cree
Traditional Teachings of the Cree - Leadership and Youth

Sunday, November 27th , 2005
Facilitator: Dawn Martin-Hill

Time Teaching
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

Opening Prayer
Showing of Elders Summit Documentary: Jidwa': doh -
"Let's Become Again"

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Arvol Looking Horse - Lakota 19 th Generation Keeper of the Sacred Pipe
Prophecies of the White Buffalo

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Birgil Kills Straight - Oglala
The Future as Elders Know It

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm

Ernest Sundown - Big Island Cree
Cree Teachings of the Past and the Future

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Louise McDonald - Bear Clan Mother, Mohawk NationWomen's Roles and Responsibilities

5:15 pm - 5:50 pm

Spirit of the Youth
Presentation of gifts to Elders
Honour drum songs for teachers and Elders

6:00 pm

Closing Ceremony


Traditional Teachers: Indigenous Elders and Youth Council

Chief Arvol Looking Horse was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota and was raised by his grandparents. Lakota is Arvol’s first language. At the age of twelve he was given the respon-sibility of becoming the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe. As a lecturer since 1976, he has addressed such groups as the United Nations International Indigenous Peoples Day and has been a keynote speaker at many universities across Canada and the United States. He has an extensive portfolio focusing on interna-tional peace and spirituality and has met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.

Tewakierahkwa, “Gathering Snowflakes”, English name, Louise McDonald, is Mohawk Nation, Bear Clan. Louise resides in Akwesasne, she is the mother of five children and committed to promoting the Mohawk language, culture, and way of life. Recently, Louise went through the ancient ritual of Condolence and accepted the duties of Clan Mother for the Bear Clan under the Tehanakari:ne (Dragging Horns) title. Tewakierahkwa is also working toward resurging ancient rites of passage for women and children.

Birgil Kills Straight is Oglala from Pine Ridge. Birgil is involved in the revitalization of the Oglala culture and traditions. Birgil is a for-mer educator who has long been involved in spiritual work, includ-ing the 1986-1990 horseback journeys to Wounded Knee know as the Big Foot Ride. He is the co-founder of the Indigenous Law Institute and has presented at the human rights hearing at the United Nations. He has long served as a representative of the tradi-tional government.

Earnest Sundown is of the Cree Nation from Saskatchewan. He was born and raised on the Big Island Reserve in Saskatchewan and is involved in preserving the traditional and cultural values of his ances-tors. Ernest has hosted the Unity Ride, which is a healing journey on horseback to communities and sacred sites for the purpose of promot-ing sobriety, pride and culture. Ernest was Chief for over 25 years and is now immersed in cultural preservation and Co-ordniator of Traditional Teaching Program.

Dawn Martin-Hill, Mohawk, Wolf Clan, and holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology. She is currently the Academic Director, Indigenous Studies Program, at McMaster University, and is a co-investigator for the Indigenous Health Research Development Program. Central to her research interests is the cultural survival of Indigenous peoples. She was co-coordinator of the International Indigenous Elders Summit, 2004 and has been working to produce a Trilogy of documentaries drawn from the Elders who spoke over the six day event and asked that ‘their voices be heard around the world’.

Jidwa’: doh “Let’s Become Again”

The concept of an International Indigenous Elders Summit was born when Haudenosaunee women gathered and determined that it was time to find solutions and develop strategies for the well-being of their communities. This forum provided the opportunity to address the effects of historical trauma and the path toward decolonization for Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. The Unity Ride and Run, a heal-ing journey on horseback and foot, traveled from Okanagan territory to reach the International Indigenous Elders Summit in 2004. They honoured the grandmother spirit and women in the desire to restore the balance among youth and families within our Nations. Hundreds of Elders from North, South and Central America gathered on Haudenosaunee territory for six days and developed an Elders Declaration to share with the world.

Elders of the Americas came together in unity and common purpose; to renew traditional and ancient commitments to the Creator. To restore the Peoples strength, spirit, and unity for future generations: Jidwá : doh ‘Let’s become again’

Women Give Life:
Violence against Indigenous women must cease. Women are the mothers of our nations and their authority must be recognized within and outside Indigenous nations.

Tradition Must Lead:
Indigenous leaders who hold traditional values, beliefs and cultures must be recognized and respected as leaders in their own right and by the world.


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