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Educator's Introduction

Dear Educators, We would like to introduce you to the first in a series of instructional suggestions from a unique publication entitled Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way. Honouring the oral tradition, Not Extinct: Keeping the Sinixt Way is an audio file/book collection of Sinixt stories. The actual stories are available ONLY in audio form and may be downloaded using instructions provided with the purchase of the book. The book itself supports the audio files in multiple ways. This project is designed to present Sinixt culture and teachings to students and the general public. After engaging in a listening session to hear a story, the book supports the audio files with cross-cultural perspectives offering two world views. These world views are profiled in discussions between the Sinixt storytellers and the settlers who participated in the project, as well as through the illustrations. This sets a path for a deeper cultural exchange by fostering community relationships between Sinixt an…

Sw̓ar̓ak̓xn, Frog Mountain

Cultural Teaching: (‘Elder Message/Teaching’ here)
Big Ideas: survival story, kasapi, truth story, long, long, long time ago story. concept of 2-4-8 leggeds and winged ones, finned ones severe drought, dry and barren, how do we describe drought (“going away”) Elder, Trust and faith in leader and nurturance by Elder protocols, trust/faith in elder= authority, (everyone was packing, Elder not so much—the way we do things/process an activity) survival/refugee (exodus) protocols for entering foreign territory, concept of homeland, survival of traditions = immigrant story, culture, separation of loved ones due to times of crisis, protest/sit-in, resistance/defiance, consensus “knowledge-keepers”/concept of apprenticeship Berry/Plant medicine, concept of foraging Funeral rites, “Time of Darkness,” caves/survival (geology) Songs of ‘faith and survival’ sung by Elder, How do Elders provide faith to keep going? Baby frogs/starvation = offering/sacrifice—what does this enta…

Snx̌ʷntkʷitkʷ, Columbia River

Cultural Teaching: (‘Elder Message/Teaching’ to come)
Big Ideas: Love, Origin Story, love song sharing of gifts, increase of Rain’s gift (the more she gave her gift, the more it rained) how weather changes landscape, Rain’s bounty carries Coyote to Ocean lovers’ triangle—Ocean and Coyote and Rain, Coyote loves both, but decides to stay with Ocean, Coyote leaves parts of his body with her to stay with her until his return which manifests/transforms into animals: eagle, osprey, bear, and so forth; his heart becomes the Sinixt People, to stay in his stead and worship Rain until Coyote’s return…a People who will always love you trust, faith, commitment, honour, love, (cultural teachings) coyotes (the animal) in their habitat rubbing 1,000 balloons over fur—was how Coyote’s hair stood on end (after his breakfast which is water and a Look Around!) “Look Around” = PerspectiveCommunication, river (Rain’s, trail of love, bounty, which took Coyote to Ocean, Coyote song)What…

Introduction to Oral Tradition and Storytelling

Not Extinct Keeping the Sinixt Way Introduction We live in a storied landscape. The knowledge that has been here for thousands of years has been overlooked, ignored, or disconnected. This resource unit is an example of the oral tradition based on Sinixt First Nation whose legends, stories, myths, and parables relate to the many aspects of existence and subsistence. First Nations community utilized the oral tradition in their traditional educational process. This resource unit is an offering to assist educators in bringing the Sinixt Peoples into their classrooms and metaphorically out of extinction. The purpose of the unit is to provide educators and students with an experience of traditional, educational, and cultural practice that the Sinixt hold and value to this very day. Variation Aspect The linear frame of reference so prevalent in our modern-day society rarely accommodates two versions of a story without feeling the need to consider one correct, or more correct than the other. …