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Gookums

Did I already tell you that the Cree word for grandmother is "Gookum"? Well, my story about gookums in Wemindji is in today's Gazette -- with Monique Dykstra's photos. We made page one! Here's the link, in case you want to check it out: http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=b48ab6ca-f6d1-4bb3-97eb-543172be114a

Also, in case you're wondering-- the Cree word for grandfather is "Joomshom."  Enjoy the rest of the weekend! If you're lucky enough to have a gookum and joomshom -- call them up and tell them you love them. Better yet, ask them to tell you THEIR stories!

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Comments

Guest - tamar on Sunday, 03 February 2008 15:49

first page? awesome. I am going downstairs to check the gazette now. My mom read your book review yesterday. We get excited when you review books

first page? awesome. I am going downstairs to check the gazette now. My mom read your book review yesterday. We get excited when you review books :p
Guest - Kim on Sunday, 03 February 2008 19:59

I missed the book review!! I'll have to go look through the pile of newspapers later...
I really enjoyed the article on the Wemindji community. It's neat that the Gookums work hard to kep families together, because I find a lot of families these days tend to be separated, and, in my case, there are many members of my family that I don't know. I met my mother's second brother only a few years ago (and I still don't know his children or grandchildren) and don't know anyone form my father's side, although his relatives all live in England. I find it really neat that, even with social troubles with drugs and such, Wemindji has a strong sense of belonging to a group and family. I suppose all bad situations have some good sides...

I missed the book review!! I'll have to go look through the pile of newspapers later...:D I really enjoyed the article on the Wemindji community. It's neat that the Gookums work hard to kep families together, because I find a lot of families these days tend to be separated, and, in my case, there are many members of my family that I don't know. I met my mother's second brother only a few years ago (and I still don't know his children or grandchildren) and don't know anyone form my father's side, although his relatives all live in England. I find it really neat that, even with social troubles with drugs and such, Wemindji has a strong sense of belonging to a group and family. I suppose all bad situations have some good sides...
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