Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sunday, Hompa Wakonta

Listening to Osage language tapes I hear that Sunday is called God Day: hompa Wakonta. I lack training in linguistics, but my best guess is that names for days-of-the-week were introduced to the Osage people by non-Indians.

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Living in the Moment

Summer is waning in the Pacific Northwest. It’s getting darker earlier. The morning chill of autumn is right around the corner. I avoid planning for the fall blues and instead try to live in the moment.

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Tribal Fishers

When I visited Cascade Locks this summer I found a half-dozen booths where salmon was sold alongside fresh cherries, just picked that morning. One of the fishers, a young Yakama man, said that he didn’t feel strongly about the sea … Continue reading

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Salmon People

I identify with the bear people as revealed in yesterday’s blog: the feeling is woven through my genes but not in my daily life. Every day I think and write about salmon, the focus of my current study about how … Continue reading

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