Monthly Archives: November 2012

Believing in the Past: Part 2

My last blog shared Francis Parkman’s loving memories of my forebear Henri Chatillon, who served as Parkman’s guide on The Oregon Trail. Chatillon embodied many fine qualities I hope one day to inherit. His wife, my great-great-great grandmother Bear Robe, … Continue reading

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Believing in the Past: Part 1

On the heels of Native American Heritage Month it is time to honor my ancestors. Two folks have benefitted from historical accounts of their sojourns and I like to think I draw on their qualities. Author of the popular book … Continue reading

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When Gratitude is Woven into the Fabric of Life

I’m not religious. I mean, not at all religious. But I enjoy playing the anthropologist at my sister’s catholic church services. And I enjoy attending Barmitzvahs and Passover dinners. Hearing the stories: that’s the best part.

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Transforming Authenticity

What is authenticity? One of my Osage relatives said that when he was being instructed in dance he asked his elder over and over again if he was doing it correctly. “Is this right?” Finally the elder looked my relative … Continue reading

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Suffer the Thanksgiving Fools

Blog courtesy of Megan Tusler. Hey fellow Natives! On this most unsettling of “holidays,” a few gentle suggestions: 1. People will probably be showing up at your house today. I understand your reluctance to let them in. But this time … Continue reading

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Pie for Breakfast

When we were little my sisters and I hid under the Thanksgiving table, snatching my parents’ versions of hors d’oeuvres—canned olives, sweet pickles and stuffed celery—when we thought no one was looking. Viewed through a Native lens, we must have … Continue reading

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Through Native Eyes

I’m not crazy about occasions we invent as an excuse to sell greeting cards or buy a floral bouquet. So I don’t celebrate Grandparents Day or Arbor Day. Many such events were created as an opportunity for news coverage: I … Continue reading

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