Wear the Otahpiaaki teaching scarf with pride
Honouring language is central to the work of reconciliation and part of the work we've committed to as a part of all of our projects. The Otahpiaaki Teaching Scarf features Niitsitapi values, teaching provided by members of the Blackfoot community. We thank Stanley Knowlton and Jeannie Smith Davis for their guidence.
Inspired by our Elder Jeannie Smith Davis (Piikani/Aakainawa (Kainai)) as a part of her Master's thesis, a student team member translated eleven Blackfoot teachings into Blackfoot syllabics. This teaching scarf features nine of those teachings, including; Compassion, Respect, Helpful, Self-Starter, Transfer of Knowledge, Awareness, Prayer, Balance, and Reciprocity.
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