Monthly Archives: October 2006

Inuktitut-based Bible

The Yup’ik Eskimo language Bible (sponsored by the Alaska Moravian Church) is also getting a major revision. It is written in the Roman or Latin script. See previous post

This version described in this newstory,

is written in the Inuit script, Inuktitut

The Inuktitut syllabary is actually only used in Canada, especially in the new Canadian territory of Nunavut, the population of which is 85% Inuit. In Greenland and Alaska the Latin alphabet is used to write Inuit, and in Siberia Inuit is written with the Cyrillic alphabet.”

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A new edition of the Moravian Bible — a landmark work in Inuktitut — will soon be available, more than 200 years after it was first produced.

German missionaries began spreading the Moravian faith in Labrador in the 1750s. The first translations of parts of the Bible followed years later, although the process was done gradually.

In fact, there are no less than 10 separate volumes, which has caused confusion for congregations since. “They kept losing the books that they were trying to use, every time they did a service or a Bible study,” said Sabina Hunter, a lay minister in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

There were also errors in translations….

The Canadian Bible Society hopes to have the new edition of the Moravian Bible available for use by next spring….

The publications can be ordered here. There are also Bible picture stories in Yup’ik available from the on-line store.



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Younger than thought

San Jacinto fault is younger than thought, rises in seismic importance

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-10/uoo-sjf102306.php

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Maria Martinez’s open-source earthenware

This newstory gives the background to the revitalization of Pueblo traditional pottery styles in the early to mid-20th century. Kathy Sanchez and her sister were colleagues in the HazArt study of potential occupational hazards. | Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) of Traditional Indian Artisans and Craftspeople Project (HazArt) |

Maria Martinez… drew no lines between art, community, and reverence for life…. According to Vernon G. Lujan, the director of the Poeh Museum in Pojoaque, N.M., which is devoted primarily to Pueblo art, Martinez spearheaded a revival of the Pueblo tradition of familial collaboration. Her art, he said, could not be separated from who she was as a woman, mother, wife, and lifelong community resident.

Martinez’s great-granddaughter Kathy Wan Woe Povi Sanchez recalls the ways in which her ancestor transmitted cultural values…. Sanchez is a potter who seeks to live her life in her great-grandmother’s footsteps. Defining herself as an activist (she is also co-director of Tewa Women United), she sees environmental protection as part and parcel of making pottery. “I etch or paint my pottery with stories of caring for Mother Earth,” she said. “When I’m at Indian Market, I tell people the stories. It’s an opportunity to speak the truth about the air, the water, and the earth.”

Lujan explained, “Without a doubt they revived a unique Tewa way of firing at zero oxidation that had gone out of existence. At a certain point in the firing they smothered the pot with cow dung and let it bake and smoke for several hours.

by Soledad Santiago, The New Mexican, August 18, 2006

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SWMP USDA grants

I don’t know about this USDA source but can go find out more. It makes too much sense to integrate solid waste management with protecting water and supporting healthy rural life.

Solid Waste Management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests applications for the Solid Waste Management Grant Program. This program supports projects that seek to improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas, and reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas. $3.5 million expected to be available, up to 30 awards anticipated. Responses due 12/31/06. For more info, contact LaVonda Pernell at (202) 720-9635 or go to:

Refer to Sol# USDA-GRANTS-SWM-092906-001. (Grants.gov 10/2/06)

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In Alaska, a Tradition of Orthodox Faith

In Alaska, a Tradition of Russian Faith
Those who brought the Orthodox church here are long gone, but the diocese is thriving.
By Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer, October 1, 2006

TATITLEK, Alaska — Steve Totemoff keeps faith alive in this tiny Alaskan village — the Russian Orthodox faith.

Totemoff, a native Aleut, keeps the faith when he caulks, paints, or replaces the wood of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox church after it is cracked by ice heaves or pulverized by the driving, salty, sleet-filled winds that come in from Prince William Sound.

Because of the work he and other Aleuts do, the 100-year-old church still stands….

Today, though the statewide Russian Orthodox diocese has 30,000 adherents and 40 ordained priests — both all-time highs, the church says — it is nonetheless struggling to preserve some of its most iconic landmarks: the historic chapels in poor native villages such as this one, about 90 miles southeast of Anchorage. ..Forty of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places or designated as National Historic Landmarks. Some are meticulously maintained; a few are “literally ready to collapse,” warned a report last year by Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska, a nonprofit preservation group. …

At the seminary, four of every five graduates are from native Alaskan groups: the Aleut in the south, the Yupik Eskimos in the west and the Tlingit of the southeast. Those who become priests sometimes mix three languages into a service: English, Slavonic (an old form of church Russian) and their native Alaskan tongue…

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