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Ayashaau, Mishikaakihkiyaahkwaau and Piipiihchaau.
3 legends about Ayashaau, Mishikaakihkiyaahkwaau and Piipiihchaau. Traditonal songs that go with the legends.
Abraham sings and discusses cree hymn which he learned from Reverend Walton many years ago.
Traditional Cree Songs
Abraham shares some traditional songs about animals, specifically the goose and fox. He also mentions the introduction of the fiddle and how it was adopted.
Traditional songs about animals and hunting animals.
Stories about how to take care of the deceased.
Encounter with Spirits
Encounter with Spirits, the event that takes place and the teachings from it.
Cree stories about the boogeymen (prospectors) along the shores of James Bay. Tales on how they got along with each other and with the local guides.
Annie tells about child birth and how she was the midwife for her mother while she was in the bushes with her parents.
Child`s First feast
Annie tells a story about a walking out ceremony, portaging for children and having a feast after.
The author talks about the old times when her dad had hard times feeding them because they didn`t have any store bought food. They would only live off the wildlife food. There were times when their dad couldn`t catch any game, also when they didn`t have any money or government cheques coming. It was really hard in those days.
Arrival of Christian Religion
Long time ago I heard my old grandfather telling this story. He said there was no religion in the old days; not until the whitemen came and that`s how the Natives were taught about religion.
Long ago, when people went hunting, they used bows and arrows and they traded their furs to French Europeans.
Chahkaapesh and the Night.
One of many legends of Chahkaapesh.
How the day became night.
My Grandfather`s Father
Charlie talks about his father`s father`s father; his great-grandfather. This story is at a time when the Cree people began having guns. This is a time when they had little food. Finding a herd of caribou, Charlie`s great-grandfather decides to use snares instead of using the gun and catches the entire herd of caribou.
How animal parts tell people stories
Charlotte talks about the signs they see on animal parts. She talks about certain parts that could mean large animals are going to be killed and certain parts that mean small animals will be killed when the men are hunting.
How food was preserved back in the day
Charlotte talks about how food was stored back then before they had freezers. How everything was saved from the animal that was killed.
She talks about the differences of marriages now and then.
Preservation of food long ago
She talks about the preservation of small and large game and how everything and all the parts of animals were preserved and cooked.
Respect For The Husband
The various ways of respecting one`s husband.
Respecting animals and food
She talks about respecting the animals that are killed for food and not to be too wasteful.