NaChief Lone Dog was a keeper of the Winter Count (a record of historical events) for the Lakota in the 1800s, in what is now North & South Dakota. Chief Lone Dog's winter count was drawn on skin; several copies of it exist in the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of the American Indian. Todd Lone Dog Bordeaux, 7 generations removed from Chief Lone Dog, offers his interpretation of a portion of the winter count (18000 - 1832) in a beaded story stick.
The Cree are one of the largest groups of First Nations / Native Americans in North America, with 200,000 members living in Canada. The major proportion of Cree in Canada live north and west of Lake Superior, in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. About 15,000 live in eastern Quebec. The name "Cree" is derived from the Algonkian-language exonym Kiristino, which the Ojibwa used for tribes around Hudson Bay.
Ceremonial Peace Pipe~ Yes, we still use them in ceremony! Women have a separate pipe from the men. There are many traditions to the passing and smoking of the pipe. In our ceremonies they are filled with natural organic tobacco, mixed with a small amount of sage.