October 19, 2014

Suquamish Honor Their Sacred Relationship With Killer Whales

 Orcas, or killer whales, were once ubiquitous in the waters off Northwestern Turtle Island. These days, not so much. The Suquamish paid homage recently to honor their special relationship with the animals and to acknowledge a visit the tribe had received from these magnificent creatures while transporting sacred objects back to their rightful home.

This year, to open the Suquamish’s annual Tribal Journeys festivities, the tribe conducted a special ceremony honoring the orca. In the video below, tribal leaders explain why the honor was due. The circumstances were documented when they happened late last year. Here, tribal leaders tell the backstory.

First, he said, those on his boat saw another stopped, its passengers all standing on the deck, staring into the water.

"Then we were surrounded, and it was magical. It was amazing,” said Lawrence. “They were everywhere, all sides of us, for miles.” SOURCE


David Boxley Totem Pole at the National Museum of the American Indian

David Boxley, a Tsimshian carver from Alaska, created a totem pole for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Boxley, who grew up in Metlakatla, and his son finished the work in the museum's Potomac atrium, where the Tsimshian dance group Git--Hoan (People of the Salmon) celebrated the unveiling. "There's few of us," Boxley told the Washington Post. "But we're alive and well. We wanted to let people know we're alive and well." The totem features a chief holding salmon, a group of villagers, and an eagle—the symbol of Boxleys' clan.

The Tsimshians lived for centuries in the Canadian province of British Columbia. In the 1880s, several hundred families were led by a missionary to the Alaskan town of Metlakatla, where Boxley was born.

For many years he worked as a school teacher before realising his culture was disappearing and he needed to help it survive.

Totem pole carving was once a thriving tradition passed on through the generations, but when Boxley tried to learn the craft, nobody was alive to teach him.

He began researching the lost art, visiting museums that held examples of North-west Pacific carvings and studying the ancient designs.

"My mother's generation was punished for speaking their own language, sent off to boarding schools and made to feel ashamed of who they were," he says.


Cute Dogs And Adorable Babies: Compilation

Children and dogs are a natural, but because of a child's small size and unpredictable behavior there are several things every pet owner or parent should know about children and dogs. This article will help parents decide which dog is best for small children, as well as how to introduce a new dog to a family with children. The article will also discuss special health risks and common behavior problems, which can occur between dogs and children.

As a veterinarian and a parent of two small boys that share our home with a dog and two cats, I deal with the issues of children and pets on a regular basis. Children and dogs can be the best of friends if you follow a few of these simple guidelines and precautions.

Choosing the right dog at the right time

Not every dog is right for children and not every child is right for a dog. The vast majority of dog/child problems I encounter involve children under six years of age. If your children are under six you should invest a great deal of time and thought before choosing a new dog. Large dogs that have been bred as guard dogs or have a history of being aggressive or biting should be avoided. Large, high-energy dogs that can knock children over or dogs that bark excessively would not be good choices, as well.

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A bunch of puppies and a cat try to break into a house. That is until a cat figures out how to open the door.

Cat intelligence is the capacity of the domesticated cat to learn, solve problems, and adapt to its environment. Research has also shown feline intelligence to include the ability to acquire new behavior that applies previously learned knowledge to new situations, communicating needs and desires within a social group, and responding to training cues.

Taken as a whole, cats have excellent memories. However, relationships with humans, individual differences in intelligence, and age may affect memory. Cats adapt to the environment that they are in easily because they can recall what they have learned in the past and adapt these memories to the current situation to protect themselves throughout their lives.

Many of the cat's remarkable mental and physical abilities are dismissed as simply instinctive. However, just as humans are born with innate communication skills but must learn over time to master a language, cats refine many of their inborn abilities through practice.

The widely-held belief that they learn through observation and imitation of their mother or other cats is now being called into question. Cats do learn, but in a different way than do humans or dogs; they have a special kind of intelligence.


Golfer Encounters Majestic Bald Eagle, Watches Helplessly As She Flies Off With His Ball

In a video recently uploaded to YouTube by user bonecoho, a golfer out enjoying a rainy day was surprised to discover that what might have been a birdie ended with an eagle. A real one.

“The eagle’s playing with my golf ball,” says the golfer, bemused by the bird even though her happy romping was spoiling what had been a pretty decent lie on the green.

But as the man draws closer, the bald eagle suddenly pauses, seizing the golf ball with her powerful talons before taking flight.

“Hey, put the ball down,” the man says a moment later, watching helplessly as the eagle disappears over the horizon with her dimpled prize. “The eagle just took my golf ball.”

Unhatched sea birds are among bald eagles’ favorite snacks, so it's possible that the beautiful bird mistook the round white object for an easy meal.