Well it’s that time of year again where old “Chief 10 Bears” does his thing. Every year for the past 5 years I have put on a presentation at Ms. Mary Beaudry’s preschool. The kids are usually studying about Thanksgiving, so I bring in my Native American perspective on the holidays.
My great grandmother (Elizabeth Montgomrie) was a full blooded Norther Cree from Saskatchewan Canada. I suppose that’s why I have such an interest in the Cree culture. I do a lot of “show and tell” with the kids, as I bring many of my hand made artifacts with me. I make bear claw necklaces, tomahawks, arrow quivers, arrows, dance sticks, feather dance fans, spears, peace pipes, rattles,and walking sticks to name a few. I also bring an array of tanned hides that usually grab the kids attention.
I would have to say that my skunk hide is one of the favorites. That’s the only hide that every kid (everywhere) knows exactly what it is! I also have a huge Canadian wolf hide which draws a lot of oohs and aahs from the young ones. Mink, beaver, fox, rabbit, deer, and elk hides always interest the kids. I also have a winter hat made from a coyote pelt that they all like to wear. Each kid in the picture is holding something that I brought with me.
My grand-daughters Ava (Princess Running Deer) and Addy (Princess Cactus Flower) were my able assistance. Both of them attended Ms. Mary school when they were younger. Ms. Mary’s husband Mr. Tom gave me a very old arrow head and a exquisite spear head. Tom has probably the biggest Native American collection in this area. Thanks Tom, now I have something else for “show and tell!”