Meetings of 2017

Recap of meetings that happened throughout 2017

Date
Topic
Presenter
Location
JAN 8TH
Veganism
Jim Ansell
The Bleeding Carrot
FEB 12TH
Social Dinner
QQ Sushi & Chinese Restaurant
MAR 5TH
Atheism
Erroll Treslan
The Curry House
APR 9TH
Social Dinner
QQ Sushi & Chinese Restaurant
MAY 14TH
Citizen Engagement
Franceca Dobbyn
Wairton
JUL 9TH
Speaker
Patrick Lavalley
Cape Crocker
AUG 13TH
Social Dinner
Sabitri’s Global Cuisine
OCT 4TH
Humanist Discussion
Attendees
Owen Sound Library
OCT 15TH
Lunch & Movie on Population
Ruth Henrich
Ruth’s Red Bay Home
NOV 12TH
Patriarchy in Our Culture
Joachim Oestertag
Erroll Treslan’s Home

July 9th 2017 on Cape Croker

Our guest was Patrick Lavalley, of the Ojiway First Nation, who is bringing back the Winter Count, the history of Indigenous peoples in North America.

His experience is in collecting the history of the Ontario migration of Indigenous people, irrespective of the current tribal groups. He is collecting artifacts for the cultural collection of Nawash. I cannot possibly do justice to Patrick’s talk. He presented a wealth of information about what was happening up here from several thousand years BCE and the present. Hundreds of thousands of Indigenous peoples were living here, members of hundreds of tribes, speaking as many languages, migrating from one area to another. They migrated for many reasons, the presence of illness, war, adherence to sacred teachings, climate, etc.

Ancient pictographs were found, dating back over 1,000 years. These pictorial written records, complete with short poems and explanations, told of visitors, boat journeys, migrations, etc. We learned that the Vikings were in various parts of North America long before we thought they were. As demonstrated by cultural practices and language, researchers have learned that migrations and language similarities commonly occurred from north to south and vice versa.

Patrick agrees that some groups came across the Bering Straight when it was a land bridge, but explained that there were many other ways that the Indigenous peoples arrived here; by boat, by migrating north from South America, etc.

Again, most of us knew that Indigenous people lived here long before Europeans arrived. But we had never learned about the multitude of rich and diverse cultures that lived here for so long. What a fascinating revelation.

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