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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)

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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:

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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

Red Fox (Algonquin) | Native Americans | Meshkakihug, Red Earth

Prince Maximilian’s Travels in the Interior of North America

The Fox tribe is Algonquian. They are a big tribe. Their real name are the Red Fox tribe or Meshkwakihug and they are known as the Red Earth people. They are called that because their land is more reddish than other known tribes like the  Chippewa.

The Fox Tribe was seminomadic. That means they moved around forests and prairies. During the summer they lived in villages of bark covered homes. They grew corn, beans, squash, pumpkins and tobacco.

The Fox had three kinds of leaders: the peace chief ,war chief, and the ceremonial chief. The peace chief kept peace with the tribe and was in charge at council when the town matters were discussed. The war chief was chosen for each military sector by other brave soldiers on the basis of fighting skills. The war chief would be in charge to control army matters. On this occasion, the Calumets would be decorated with red feathers. The ceremonial leader, or shaman, instructed others in religious rituals. The ceremonies had a lot of meanings, such as making games and stuff or helping grow food and crops or helping the sick people.

Author: M.L.S

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