Here are two more videos that were included in the language program dealing with counting and clans.
The male puppet is dressed in a ribbon shirt and the female puppet is dressed in a calico dress. They are both adorned with beadwork and are both wearing me’me’ or moccasins. These are outfits that would be seen at a Haudenosunee social or gathering and it is interesting how they are appropriated for the creation of this video. If you are familiar with educational programming, the set up of this video with the puppets, the songs, the children, and the visual representations of the numbers seems to follow the same guidelines as many other television outlets. However, the exposure that these young children will now receive because of this video from their dvd player or from YouTube access, will be instrumental in language learning at older ages.
This next video in the series focuses on the clans of the confederacy in the Tuscarora language. This multifaceted video is teaching not only language, but a very important component to the Tuscarora and Haudenosaunee people at large, the clan system. This video can now serve many more people than the children who attend Tuscarora elementary, and can help teach the basic clan structure for those who many not have had the opportunity to learn this history in their families. The reach of Skarù:re’* language and cultural practices has always extended beyond the constructed borders of the US government, but the implementation of the internet may be extending those bounds over international waters to our Maori brothers and sisters.
*Skarù:re’ is the Tuscarora word for Tuscarora. As explained in the second video.