|The Brothers by Elizabeth Foster |
Métis Hope 104: I hope your let downs are gentle and with a friend.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
|Beagle Coffee Bean Company Original Art Print by DogsIncorporated, $29.00|
Métis Hope 103: I hope that no one ever gives a beagle near you coffee. You are a good person and don't deserve to live through that.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
|Cats Guarding the sick Witch - Leonard's Dream | from The Lances of Lynwood by Charlotte Mary Yonge, 1855 | illustration by Jane Blackburn|
Métis Hope 99: I hope you have a very good reason when you are late putting out the cat food.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
I was struck by the first line of the new poem by Halfbreeds Reasoning
" my kokum used to tell me:
" my kokum used to tell me:
“if you wear your shoes on the wrong feet
a bear will eat you.”
My Mooshum always said the same thing. It was one of those moments when you get a little insight into a person long gone. This was not just a weird thing he said, but was a piece of a story or dialogue stretching back into the Métis community. Did any of you have relatives who had this saying? Do you know if there is a story related to this statement?
|"I reclaim myself each morning" MacBerger 2017|
This is a quote from Richard Wagamese that really struck me. To be able to let the day before go and come back to the core truths of who you are. I have been thinking on these words for some time now.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
|Elephant protecting small elephant against a dragon. |
Métis Hope 91: I hope you have someone to protect you against the dragons you face in life.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Like Christmas, Easter seems to bring out the whimsy in the animal relations. I found a cat ready to cook while sister raccoon got herself prettied up for the feast.
Here we see llama very confused about how to deal with carrots and turnips. It is sad to see how lost he is to his relationship to the natural world.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
As I am gathering resources to use in our home learning path, I thought I would share these with you. My philosophy for this work is based in the medicine wheel, finding balance while being conscious to decolonize and questions resources. I will write some more on that issue later. For the first few weeks, these are some of the resources we have been using.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
|Owly, Vol. 3: Flying Lessons (v. 3) by Andy Runton |
Métis Fear 230: Our urban animal relations have followed us on relying on books for knowledge. Decolonize yourself little owl.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
As part of our lessons looking at sharks, the children were asked to think of a hybrid shark animal that could go on land. Qrow (Sophie) created a hammer head squirrel. They told us that this squirrel was one of the traditional tools used to build the long houses.
This led to a long conversation about how the squirrels would feel about being used in this way, the comedy of trying to hammer with a squirrel, plus the issues of a squirrel who could get through your walls or threaten your children to steal your food.
- I wrote about "Halfbreed" by Maria Campbell and the different ideas of work in different cultures. I was reminded that I need to finish this book, but I am also struck that we continue to be challenged by this idea of what is work as we are homeschooling. Often the teachings that seem to be the best are the ones where we are not "doing school work" but just hanging out or walking. I am having trouble totally letting go of my ideas about learning and trusting that these informal way will get us through, but I am working on it.
- I was very proud to finish Sophie's first moon time dress. I learned a lot about the history of these dresses and their construction by creating this dress and felt very close to all the women before me making dresses for their children.
- I worked to learn a lesson from salmon eggs which I was happy to be reminded of.
- I still struggle with the balance between creative disorder and mess. We spent yesterday afternoon in the sun making a fake river for fairies and did not do any housework. This balance or lack of is always on my mind. On the other hand, here we are, two years later, still alive despite all the dishes that didn't get done on the right time table. Balance is a lesson I need to keep learning.