Welcome to another issue of Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin.
Each week we focus on an Indigenous language in our region. This week we will focus on more of the Witsuwiten language with help from Delores (Dolly) Alfred.
Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin means "it's good for you to stay home" in Nisga'a. In the Witsuwit’en language we say TSIYÏH’ YIKH OH’ DÏZIWLHTSIY: Stay home everybody!
We know this is a tough time right now and can take a toll on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. We hope you find fun stuff in this newsletter that might be able to add a bit of love and light into your life at home.
Please feel free to share some of your strategies with us! We would love to hear from you.
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Sharon Oskey, Prince Rupert email@example.com
Kellie Nyce, Hazelton firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Humphrey, Smithers email@example.com
Cedar Weaving with Val Morgan
June 2 - 4, 2020 | online
Join us for a virtual series of cedar harvesting and preparation! Val Morgan will be facilitating this series where we will learn the sacred teachings of cedar, how to harvest and how to make a cedar basket. Cedar kits will be made available. You must register to participate and space is limited.
Contact your local FNAC to sign up!
Visiting with Cha’ or Tso’ (Grandmother)
Imagine visiting with Cha' / Tso'. She would welcome you in and put on the tea and offer some refreshing berries on a hot day. Here are the words and phrases she would use.
Nk’ësiy’ I love you
Sa’newenyïst’e I haven’t seen you for a long time
‘Ats deondzin? How is it outside?
Dzïn honzu It’s a nice day
Lidï net’odziz Let’s drink tea
Nit'ay bilah ha'wenïnzin? Do you want some berries?
Nidïzisge Picking berries
Nec'iwhlhyïs Everyone take a rest (plural)
Neniwhost'en’ I will see you all again.
So' co ghenec'owhdlï’ Take good care of yourselves.
Witsuwit’en language with Dolly
Dolly Alfred from Wit'suwit'en Wednesdays shares language videos for Coast Mountain College students. Now is a great time to practice and learn your Indigenous language. Videos can be found on our YouTube channel with a curated playlist so you can continue to check back. You can also LIKE Dolly's Facebook page for more language content!
So’ endzin? How are you?
Siy sozeeh’ Dolly My name is Dolly
Nenyust’en I’ll see you again
Nen/na/howst/t’en I’ll see all again
Suhne’ or sne’ boozih’ _________ My mother’s name is___________
Suhbep or sbep boozih’________ My father’s name is ____________
Do you have an elder or other fluent speaker you can call or video chat with during this time of physical distancing? We're sure they would love to hear from you and share.
Let's do another round of Wellness BINGO! We have another card for you with more fun activities to do by yourself or with your family. Share your pictures with the hashtag #CMTNConnected. If you get a BINGO, send the card back (screen shot or save) to your local FNAC along with the photos that create the line and you will be entered into a draw for a $50 Campus Store credit. We encourage you to mail-order your textbooks/supplies from the Campus Store right now OR you can wait to use the credit for when we return for cool CMTN swag! Deadline to submit is May 22.
Fry-bread and chill
This is fry-bread Witsuwit’en Style. In this version, the bread is a little flatter and crisper than usual.
Habe Sta (Fry-bread)
- 3 cups (750 ml) All-purposed Flour
- 4 tsp (20 ml) Baking Powder
- ½ tsp (2 ml) Sugar
- ½ tsp (2 ml) Salt
- 1 ½ cup (375 ml) Water
- 2 tbsp (25 ml) Bacon grease or vegetable oil
In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Stir in water to make a very light dough, almost like a batter. In a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, melt bacon fat or vegetable oil (lard works much better than the oil, it's not as greasy). You can add raisins – if you like. Using a tablespoon, drop dough into hot fat. When bottom is golden brown, turn and fry other side. Drain on paper towels and serve. Delicious with jam or butter!
Have you tried any newsletter recipe's yet? Our Smithers FNAC, Katie and her son tried the banana bread recipe and did an amazing job. Nice work and look at that smile!