Welcome to the another issue of Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin!
Welcome to the fourteenth issue of Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin. Each month, we will focus on an Indigenous language in our region. This Sk'aagi Kung, we are focusing on the Haida language, Hlg̱aagilda X̱aayda Kil and using Haida words throughout.
Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin means "it's good for you to stay home" in Nisga'a. In Hlg̱aagilda X̱aayda Kil, they say Damxan hla agan king guu, “Look after yourselves”.
Sk'aagi Kung means Dog Salmon Month in Haida, where as Ts'uu Ḵ'al Wiig̱uux̱aay Ḵuu.ngaay (Ts'uu) (ḵ'al) (wii) (g̱uu) (x̱aay) (ḵung) (.aay) translates to basket weaving month! Both terms refer to the time and month of September. We hope your September is filled with great activities such as those that are practiced over in Gwaii Hanaas or Haida Gwaii, the home of the Haida peoples.
We are guudang.ngaay k'iina (happy) that you are all safe at home and doing your part to protect yourselves and your loved ones, especially for your chinaay Grandfather, naangalang Grandmother, x̱aadg̱a father, and awaay mother, during this COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that transitioning into the academic year with COVID_19 responses can be stressful and overwhelming. Please know that we are here for you and with you. We want to keep encouraging you to stay vigilant with hand washing, wearing a mask when you can, and keeping your distance. We have seen new COVID cases develop here in the North. We are keeping you, your family, and friends in our hearts. We especially want to express our concern and prayers for our Nisga'a friends in the Nass Valley during this time.
We hope you had a great summer filled with liquid sunshine! These months are all about abundance - of course, in foods - but also abundance in energy as you get ready for the new semester. Now is the time to reflect, take a breathe, and prepare for a seasonal transition. We are grateful that this year hasn’t had any forest fires, however we still feel that our harvesting seasons need more prayers. If and when you do go out to harvest in the remainder of the fall season, please be more aware than ever of keeping germs (and bears!) at bay with the continued rise of COVID-19 cases in BC and abroad. Please keep your families safe and well.
We hope you find something to connect with and that you do things this month that make you feel balanced in your mind, body, spirit, and soul.
Enjoy, Take care, and Stay Safe!
Jillian Stephens, Terrace firstname.lastname@example.org
Veronica Waechter, Terrace email@example.com
Sharon Oskey, Prince Rupert firstname.lastname@example.org
Kellie Nyce, Hazelton email@example.com
Katie Humphrey, Smithers firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist Spotlight: Ben Davidson
We want to honour a talented Haida artist who recently passed, Ben Davidson. He has contributed greatly to contemporary Haida art, and has inspired many.
Find more of his artwork on his art gallery website: www.allaboutuarts.ca (Image source)