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Inez Redwoman (left) and Annie Marshall work on baskets. (Sara Broncho photo)
Cultural practices taught at 'Wisdom of the Sage' conference
By SARA BRONCHO
FORT HALL-The “Cultural Practicing Gathering: Wisdom of the Sage” is a conference for all Fort Hall community and tribal members living in nearby areas that began May 20 at the Sho-Ban Hotel & Events Center.
The purpose of the gathering was to teach cultural practices of the Shoshone and the Bannock Tribes. Each class was taught by local community members willing to share their traditional teachings.
The workshops included “Utility of Plants” for making either baskets or cradleboards by Winona Charles and Sunflower Begay. “Underground Cooking” in pits at the Festival grounds by Gifferd Osborne; “Medicine Plants” with a variety of plants to explore the medicinal properties and how to use them; and, a special session of “Setting Up a Tipi” by Lemuel Stone.
The cradleboards and basket making portion was partly willow preparations by scraping and peeling off the bark and then soaking and weaving and bending the pliable willow stems to shape into rounded baskets and cradleboards. The willows are picked in March and October and luckily the irregular colder season this spring provided a willow supply for the classes. Willows with brown dots below the bark signifies worms and that means that the willow will be compromised and one would not use that on an actual baby board because it could break, but for the doll boards it was fine.
Sunflower Begay said she had learned basket making from cultural teachers at the Sho-Ban School where she attended high school and Wynona Charles learned it from her grandmother and her family.
The medicine plants that were talked about featured sage, cedar, red willow bark, willow, bear rood, peppermint, pine tree and doza. Ramona Walema and son Clinton Plentywounds talked about what they were taught on how to go gather and “prayerfully” going about it with a good mindset and also offering something in return to what they took. People with bad thoughts were not likely to find the plants they were looking for. Walema encouraged a discussion and among the interested participants a sharing and stories were told. One woman told of how her daughter was healed dramatically in which regular doctors in hospitals kept prescriptions that seemed to make her daughter more sick. She decided to go back to her indigenous healers and her daughter recovered and baffled the doctors at the hospital. She was told not to tell the hospital doctors because they would never understand it.
The conference concluded Wednesday, May 22.
Hasuse selected Miss Indian Highland High School queen
By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
FORT HALL – Shai-Dawn Hasuse was crowned the 2013-2014 Highland High School Queen at the school’s powwow on Friday night.
Although she was the only contestant vying for the title, she was excited about taking on the challenge of representing.
Shai-Dawn introduced herself to the audience and expressed she ran for the title because it always was a dream of hers to represent her school, her family and her people.
“I’m very honored to run for this title,” she said. “Representing it means a lot.”
Her future goals are to be a good leader for her peers and her siblings, while doing her best and encouraging others around her to reach their own educational potential.
She described herself as an outdoors type of girl who is usually seen fishing, if she’s not at a powwow.
She thanked the Highland Indian Club Advisor White Otter Goggles and the Indian Club for standing beside her throughout the years. She acknowledged her gratefulness towards her family, especially her parents for their guidance and encouragement.
Shai-Dawn is the daughter of Genevieve and Yates Hasuse.