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A Visual Response To Super 7 Scoopers “What do the road signs …”

This is a visual response to -

What do the road signs in your country say about you?

I drive by these signs every day on my way to and from work.

In fact, they are located less than 20 minutes away from St. Lawrence School.

Question: Do you know what the language is on these signs?

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Blog Challenge Number 3

Quillwork | Algonquin

The Algonquins decorated their clothes with the quills of porcupines on white talied deer hide.

To prepare the quills air is pressed out of them so the resulting work will lay flat. They do not use flattening tools. Good quill work was with even rows ,uniform width and tiny invisible stitches . The thread used was animal sinew from the fibrous tendons along the spines of deer, moose, elk, or buffalo .

After they soaked the tendons they rolled the tip in between their fingers to make a point. They did not use needles instead they passed the hardened tip of the tendon through the hole made by an awl.

An awl is a tool of ulna bones or other long bones, antlers sharpened to points, fish bones, and even thorns. If they over soak the quills they would stretch and break.  So instead they would moisten them with saliva .

Authors: 10 yr. olds  S.S./O.P./M.B.

Further Reading

Mrs. Theriault’s photographs of Quebec White-tailed Deer (Cerf de Virginie)

First Peoples Index

Schoolboys – do you want to make money during your holidays?

This page is from the Montreal newspaper The Daily World. It appeared in 1926.  Do you think this ad conveys the same feeling and ideas as the artwork in the  Money Makers post? Are they talking about the same thing? Continue reading

Algonquin – Introduction

Here are some facts about the Algonquins.

The total population of the whole tribe of Algonquins is about 11,000 people today.

The Algonquins lived in Southern Quebec and Eastern Ontario. The languages they speak today are French, English,and Algonquin. Their religion is Midewiwin.

They had related ethnic groups which are Abnaki, Innu, Anicinàpek (Nipissing, Ojibwa,  Mississaugas,  Saulteaux,  Odawa and Potawatomi.

by:  M.B., O.P., S.S. (1o yrs. old)

Further Reading:

First Peoples Index

Algonquin | Miami | Little Turtle

The Algonquian tribe called the Miami lived close to the Great Lakes in Ontario.

The town was known as Turtle Town. It was Continue reading