Nations and Canada
On here will
be the teachings and photos of the Grandmothers of this area.
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I live a healthy
and well balanced traditional lifestyle maintaining and promoting
the history, culture and customs of our Cree people, to the
best of my knowledge, skills and experience as a way of life.
I present Workshops, Trainings, and I am a Motivational Speaker.
My interests are The traditonal pusuits of the Land and spiritual
connection with the Creator, mentally, physically, spiritually,
emotionally and culturally. reading-writing, music of all
types, & drumming
Some of Audrey's
teachings are below and also on the photos page.
'I have no
living grandmothers however I am a grandmother, my mom is
a great grandmother and we both have no grandmothers, however
their teachings remain with us which we have acknowledged
are valuable teachings and the big picture is this is preserving
our teachings, language, ceremonies, the same way our grandmothers
held it sacred for us. We hope that by getting involved and
being active and thinking ahead we can pass the same teachings
on to other grand-children as well as our own so that it stays
preserved for a few more generations at least.'
veggie eaters and their meat is a very tasty and healthy.
Any meat is tough if it is cut with the grain, what you have
to do is cut against the grain, those little lines on the
meat. Don't cut
in the same way they go, turn the meat where you slice against
like holding a bundle of spagetti, cut at the ends, not the
long way, that is where meat is soft. We eat it with butter,
like jerky but very dry and ground down. You can dry beef
meat as well.'
is about 1500 pounds and we never waste anything,
* the nse, tg, some of the insides are used for ceremonies
*the hide is hand tanned, and used for mocassins, mukluks,
north american church people used hides for their water drums,
*raw hides here are used for hand drums or the big drums.
*sinew on the back
is taken off and used for many things like wrapping the mouth
piece for eagle bone whistles,
*Two front leg bones are cut and used to flush the hide (meaning
to take the meat off before soaking it,
there are also two small bones on the front legs used to make
* horns are for
Very little is left behind and each time we do this a feast
is held to honor that animal's life and those who have passed
When the men are cutting and preparing quarters, they select
the edible parts, those nice round parts you see in front
of Tyrell & Ray in the photo, they are cutting round long
strips and made into dry meat ( (really dry) like jerky. This
is a favorite here and mixed with crushed choke cherries is
called pemican, which was used by trappers, and hunters. (provided
food on long travels)
The bones that are smoked dry with some meat was cut into
small pieces and again during hunts the men could boil them
in water and they provided them with nourishment.
men also do a tobacco ceremony to offer when they do the hunt
and the animal is taken.
never do they ever take more than they need. The one you see
in the photos lasted us the winter, (fall hunt). We also give
to our relatives who need meat for their families.
in June when those purple flowers bloom (see photos)
they go out again. On the next trip we will record from the
time we leave till the final packaging is done. Everything
we do is team work, we all help.'
visions to do bead work came from living traditional life,
the land, it's a way of living for us,
we still tan hides, my hands are crippled from too much beadwork
when I was young, now I am pitiful and looking for someone
to bead for me, but I've got lots of life left to do my work.
Our grandsons, they have to do their share, mens stuff. and
they go through their rites of passage.'
single moment I spend with the love of my life is a memory
and that I will cherish for the rest of my life. We spend
as much time together as we can knowing that in the end one
of us will go first, so we witness each others lives, in good
times and bad times. If I could share a thought this is it,
never miss a moment with your partner.
Have a good day.'