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True Stories -- Many truths. Mazinaajim -- in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language) is a word I compounded. The first part -- mazinaate -- is a meaning-part that derives from the old root "design, is or has a design". The second part, aajim is a simple verb meaning "to tell any kind of story."
I'm looking for more of these -- interpreted storyrobes, modern cartoon or drawing sequences, birchbark scroll interpretations, and the like. Native cartoonists -- inquire! (No pay naturally.)
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Story Robe painted and stories told in 1909 by He Dog (Percy Creighton), Blackfoot-Blood. Glenbow Museum special exhibit. After reading explanation, choose imagemap page to click on for closeups of the robe with the story of each part translated, expressed in words.
Raven's elaborate trick Gwich'in elder tells a Raven story -- which is first illustrated as a picture story by Gwichin artist Ron English, then retold in full in text.
Don Monet, cartoon of the day -- author-artist-cartoonist of Colonialism on Trial now works in Toronto and posts a (political) cartoon a day on his studio website; no telling what's there now. These cartoons may be downloaded (in higher resolution black and white zipped form) for free use in non-profit org periodicals. From Don's archives, here's some Native ones:
Wet'suwe'ten Images, Greetings -- Enrichment Project 8th graders from a school at Smithers, (British Columbia) -- where the trial began in 1987 before the judge moved it 1300 kms. away -- mentored by artist Ron Mitchell (Hagwilnekhlh) -- continue the Gitksan-Wet'suwet'en land claims story with traditional learning modern style: the Bulkley Valley cyberhistory project in a town school.
Philosophy of History -- Court unable to deal with a native philosophy of history. Canadian law journal article, abstract only. This provides some historical-legal background to the Gitksan-Wetsu'weten land claim law cases.
Ledger CDROM Project-- background, general info, table of contents.
Stereotype Image Stories
Chief Wahoo Story -- Protests continue on the caricature mascot of the Cleveland Indians baseball team
CREDITS: Ledger drawing is left half of double-page drawing (another mounted warrior's lance spans the two pages) from the ledger, "Black Hawk, Sans Arc Lakota Dream Visions" copied to the ledger art CDROM project from Thaw collection of the New York Historical Society, Cooperstown, NY. Chief Wahoo: mascot and racist caricature trademark of Cleveland Indians baseball team, has been focus of continuing protests and a never-finished AIM lawsuit since 1978.
Page prepared by Paula Giese graphics and layout copyright 1995, 1996
Copyrights to the individual items are held by their respective creators, 1996.
Last updated: 5/27/97