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After a two-month search, a B.C. woman has been reunited with her ceremonial dance regalia thanks to help from the community in Prince George, B.C.

Randi Gardypie, who is Beardy's and Okemasis' Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, was working in northern B.C. when her truck was broken into in May.

Gardypie's handmade jingle dress, beadwork, vest, feathers and sewing machine were taken.

"It was complete devastation, I felt like I got hit with a ton of bricks," she said. Gardypie was lost without the one-of-a-kind regalia which took years to make, she said, and gave up circle dancing this summer because the items are integral to the ceremonies.

"It symbolizes who they [dancers] are, and where they're from, and their ancestral lineage," said Gardypie.

A few days after the theft, Gardypie's jingle dress was found by a Prince George man.


Keith LaRiviere part of the Cree First Nation, was throwing something away and noticed a jingle dress at the bottom of a dumpster, so he jumped in and pulled it out.

"I know the importance of that, what it means to a person," LaRiviere said.

He saw a post circulating on social media about the missing items and started putting up posters around town in the hopes of having the other items returned.


"That's what you do, you go to help. If you see someone in this kind of distress and you're a part of this circle, you're a native person, and this is what you do," said LaRiviere.

This week, a family found a bin containing most of Gardypie's remaining gear in their shed and called the number on the poster. Gardypie says she couldn't believe so much of her dance regalia had been found.


"It means the world to me," said Gardypie. "I'm on edge, I'm super excited."

RCMP said the theft was reported to them but there were no leads and, now that the items have been found, the file is closed.
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Armadillos are a common sight in East Texas, but armadillos catching some rays and chillin’ in your pool, well, that’s a little more unusual.

Tammy Anderson of Nacogdoches, Texas, was checking on her sister-in-law’s house while she was away on vacation and found the unexpected visitor in the family’s pool.

She approached the dark shape trepidatiously and recognized it was an armadillo, relaxing on a float in the pool!

Tammy couldn’t quite believe what she was seeing, so she had her mom come take a look too. Yep, an armadillo.

The two decided to help the creature out of the pool as it appeared the little fella was in no hurry to leave the cool water on the hot summer day. “It’s just chillin, ain’t it?” Tammy’s mother proclaimed in the video she shot of the strange sight.

Kristy West, the sister-in-law, shared the photos and the video when she came back from holidays and wrote, “Y’all I have to say I have the best sister n law ever and mother n law for videoing this but not only does my sister n law help me with all my animals and critters but with the visitors too, that just want to post up, chill in my pool, and not ready to call it a day yet…”


And to Dolly the dog’s credit, she was more curious about the armadillo visitor than suspicious and knew well enough to leave the critter alone. West told the Dodo afterwards that she and her family will welcome the armadillo back, should he decide to cool off in the pool again.


“I would probably just let him chill and see if he could manage to get out on his own,” she said. “[But] we are still wondering how he managed to get on the float like that.”
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Saturday

Heartwarming photographs show a California black bear's miraculous recovery six months after she was found emaciated and hairless while rooting through a dumpster.

'Eve the bare bear' was just 25lbs when she was rescued by the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, California, on Christmas Eve last year.

This week the center shared photos of the bear who now weighs more than 100lbs and has almost fully recovered from the severed case of mange that had caused all of her hair to fall off.

Veterinarians had initially assumed Eve was a cub due because she was so small, weighing about a quarter of what a bear her actual age - estimated to be three or four years old - should weigh.

After months of treatment including biopsies, bloodwork, skin treatments and medication, the 'very resilient' bear is finally looking and feeling healthier.

While she is still suffering from a skin infection, center director Matthew Anderson reported that her fur and appetite have continued to grow each day.


'She started climbing trees and using the pool on hotter days and it's been a joy to see because that's the kind of normal bear behavior that we were looking for,' Anderson told ABC News.

With more time, Eve's care team hopes the critter will be able to be released back into the wild.
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A 100-metre (330ft) high iceberg has drifted close to a tiny settlement on Greenland’s west coast, prompting fears of a tsunami if it breaks up.

Authorities have told residents of the Innaarsuit island settlement living near the shore to move to higher ground.

“We fear the iceberg could calve [break apart] and send a flood towards the village,” said Lina Davidsen of Greenland police.

Susanne Eliassen, a member of Innaarsuit’s council, said it was not unusual for large icebergs to be seen close to the community.

“But this iceberg is the biggest we have seen ... and there are cracks and holes that make us fear it can calve anytime,” she said.

“Nobody is staying unnecessarily close to the beach and all children have been told to stay in areas that are high up.”


The village’s power station and fuel tanks are located close to the shore.

Police have moved a search-and-rescue helicopter closer to the remote community, which has a population of about 170.

Icebergs breaking free from glaciers is likely to become more common, said William Colgan, a Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland researcher.

Greenlandic community of Innaarsuit "where dogs are more than twice as many as people"
(the latter number 169, with the majority of the population being native Inuit.)

“Iceberg production in Greenland has been increasing in the past 100 years as climate change has become stronger,” he said, while the rising number of icebergs were in turn “increasing the tsunami hazards”.

Last year, four people died and 11 were injured after a landslide caused a tsunami off another island settlement called Nuugaatsiaq, sending several houses crashing into the sea.
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The New York State Museum today announced that an 18th-century Native American tomahawk gifted to Cornplanter, the respected Seneca leader, by President George Washington in 1792 has been returned to the Museum’s collections and will go on exhibit in the State Museum’s main lobby July 17 through December 30.

Pipe tomahawks were significant objects of intercultural exchange in the 18th century and could be used as smoking pipes; smoking was a common ceremonial practice between parties after reaching an agreement. The meetings between Washington and Cornplanter, also known as Gy-ant-waka, in the 1790s eventually led to the Treaty of Canandaigua (1794), which established peace between the sovereign nations of the U.S. and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. For nearly 70 years this tomahawk was in the hands of private collectors, after being stolen from the Museum between 1947 and 1950. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous collector, the pipe tomahawk was returned to the State Museum’s collections in June 2018.

“We’re pleased to put this historic artifact on public display so children and families can learn about Cornplanter and his role as a diplomat helping to establish peace between sovereign nations, an important part of New York history,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa.

“The tomahawk is a key artifact in our Native American ethnography collection, and we’re pleased it has been returned to the State Museum,” said State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. “I encourage teachers to bring their students to the Museum to explore the history of the Native Peoples of New York and learn about the fascinating story of Cornplanter’s tomahawk.”

“We’re honored to exhibit Cornplanter’s tomahawk—an incredibly important artifact that speaks of Native American, New York, and American history and culture,” said Mark Schaming, Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education and Director of the State Museum. “The State Museum has a large Native American ethnography collection that includes thousands of objects of art and material culture from tribes across North America. We’re grateful to the anonymous donor for returning this iconic artifact to the museum, where the public can once again view it and learn from it for generations to come.”

The pipe tomahawk entered the State Museum’s collection in 1850 courtesy of Seneca diplomat Ely Parker, who purchased it from the widow of a Seneca named Small Berry. On one side of the blade is Cornplanter’s name, Gy-ant-waka, and on the other side of the blade is the name “John Andrus,” possibly the manufacturer. Parker replaced the haft with one made of curly maple wood and silver inlay to reflect what the original haft may have looked like, based on descriptions from Small Berry’s widow, as the original haft had long since been replaced. Parker also added a brass plate engraved with his name on the bore end of the tomahawk.


On Tuesday, July 17 at noon at the Museum’s Huxley Theater, Dr. Gwendolyn Saul, curator of ethnography, will host a talk about the return of Cornplanter’s pipe tomahawk, the remarkable history of Cornplanter and the beginnings of the Museum’s ethnology collections. The talk is free and open to the public.


The State Museum is a program of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education. Located at 222 Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is closed on the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission is free. Further information about programs and events can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the Museum website at www.nysm.nysed.gov.
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