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Liam Rodee, age 9, with his creation at the TAUNY workshop. Photo: Julie Grant
Liam Rodee, age 9, with his creation at the TAUNY workshop. Photo: Julie Grant

Sweet holiday tradition has scary roots

Over the past decade or so making gingerbread houses has gained popularity in the North Country, in large part because of a workshop and contest organized by TAUNY. Making a candy house brings the some families together every year for something deliciously fun. But the history of candy houses also has some darker roots.  Go to full article
Bussey & McLeod Cookstove, Troy, NY ca. 1907-1910. Photo: Richard Walker
Bussey & McLeod Cookstove, Troy, NY ca. 1907-1910. Photo: Richard Walker

Adk Museum serves up exhibit for foodies

How would you define food in the Adirondack region -- Wild blackberries? Fresh trout? Milk from a local dairy farm? The Adirondack Museum is celebrating food, drink and the pleasures of eating in a new exhibit, Let's Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions. The exhibit, which opens today, includes culinary stories and customs from Native American foods, cooking around the campfire and today's farmer's markets. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Apology addresses Canada's "assimilation" of native children

Last week, the government of Canada formally apologized for forcing 150,000 native children into boarding schools run by churches. Beginning in the 1870s, the children were forced to learn English and adopt Christianity. Physical and sexual abuse were widespread at the schools. Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered the apology from the floor of the House of Commons Wednesday in Ottawa. The apology is a part of a $1.9 billion settlement reached with some of the schools' survivors in 2006. Reaction among native communities was mixed. Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Grand Chief Tim Thompson called it "long overdue." Hilda Nicholas, a Kanesatake Mohawk, told the CBC that Harper sounded sincere in his apology. But Mohawk Kathleen Gambler, who attended one of the schools for 11 years, told the CBC no apology can erase the kind of trauma she experienced. Ottawa Correspondent Lucy Martin asked a cross-section of Canadians for their reactions to the apology, and the legacy that prompted it.  Go to full article

Heard Up North?way Up North: the Ekoomiaks

Among other things, William Ekoomiak is an old-time fiddler, a storyteller and a carver. His older sister Sarah is a long-time resident of Wakefield, Quebec and an expert beader. Both are often called upon to share their deep knowledge of Inuit culture and language. Sarah was born near Hudson Bay in 1933. She was the oldest child in a large family. Her life mirrors many of the challenges faced by inhabitants of the far North as cultural change and migration transformed the region. Lucy Martin chatted with William between sets at the most recent Arts Alive event in Ottawa.  Go to full article
NYS Conservative Party chairman Michael Long
NYS Conservative Party chairman Michael Long

NY opponents of same-sex marriage promise fight for "traditional" values

Despite this week's decisions in New York and California, supporters of same-sex marriage still face a lot of opposition. A Gallup poll conducted earlier this month found that 56% of Americans oppose granting marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. 40% support the idea. Republican leaders in New York haven't said yet whether they'll fight Governor Paterson's decision. But the state's Conservative Party issued a statement describing the move as misguided and undemocratic. Brian Mann spoke with the party's top official, Michael Long. Long says this decision will trigger a statewide battle over the definition of marriage.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: pounding black ash for basket-making

Black ash is one of the sources of raw material for Native American basket makers. They de-bark and then pound ash logs to produce long, pliable strips. Gregory Warner learned the basics from a master: Henry Arquette of Akwesasne.  Go to full article

Thanksgiving Address dispute divides Mohawk tribal council

A dispute over readings of the Iroquois Thanksgiving Address in the local public school has divided the Mohawk Tribal Council. The issue appears headed for federal court despite a compromise offered by the Salmon River school board this week. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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