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Dabiyiyuu

Dab Iyiyuu is a documentary series that honours the last generation of traditional native elders. Cree for "Absolutely Aboriginal," Dab Iyiyuu includes cultural teachings, traditional skills, and dramatic recreations of ancient Cree legends as told by Cree Elders.

  • Sonny's First Goose
    Friday, November 27
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    On the shores of Rivers Bay, were taking my nephew Sonny on his first goose hunt.
  • The Creator's Touch
    Sunday, November 29
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The strength and spiritual connection of one man and his wife are revealed as we sit with Charlie and Louisa Etapp who are making a gift for their grandchild. Charlie and Louisa Etapp tell us about their childhood and talk about how they raised their son Abraham on the land, hiding him from authorities in order to keep him out of school and give him a traditional education. They make a mamaapsuun a baby swing for an unborn great-grandchild and speak of their hopes for the family's future. Charlie finds the wood and carves the cradle board, while Louisa sews the waspsuyan the carrying bag that will keep the infant snug and warm. Charlie tells us how Abraham has a different temperament from his siblings who were marked by the discipline they received in the non-Native school system.
  • Keeping It Real
    Friday, December 4
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Roast porcupine is a delicacy for Cree ancestors especially when food is scarce. Job and Mary are in their camp at the Great Whale sharing how to build a trap, scale wolf, clean caribou hide, and share how to go fishing Cree style.
  • Where The Fish Are
    Sunday, December 6
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    On the Shores of the mighty Rupert River, in a camp called Smokey Hill, Johnny and Clymie Weistche teach us how to catch and prepare Cisco for the long winter ahead. These Dab Iyiyuu share with us the hunting and preparation of a fish that brings many to feast upon the fall spawning. Johnny and Clymie Weistche have enjoyed a life of fishing Cisco. Their harvesting has the community of Waskaganish famished for a piece of freshly caught fish. At one time the hunters of Smokey Hill would come and scoop net these fish on the Rupert's River. Saunders Weistche, Johnny's brother, shows how to make the scoop net and we see the net yield a healthy catch like it was done long ago. This may be a final glimpse at Smokey Hill's bountiful fishing as Hydro-Quebec looms in the distance preparing to dam the Rupert River and end the run of the Cisco.
  • Charlie Makes A Drum
    Friday, December 11
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Charlie gets around. A seasoned hunter, loving family man, and a living length to the world of the Cree ancestors. On this episode of Dab Iyiyuu Charlie makes a drum.
  • Keeping Our Culture Alive
    Sunday, December 13
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Retired Cree culture teachers Elijah and Mary Anne Cox are struggling to stay on their trap line because Elijah is diabetic and survives by getting blood transfusions and Mary Anne's health is difficult, but their committment to the Dab Iyiyuu life has enabled them to still enjoy living off the land. These two educators have kept the Culture alive against all the odds. They still enjoy roasted Goose, create daily tools and enjoy telling stories of the past. Their trap line now rests under La Grand River since back in the 1970's their land was flooded for the Hydro-Quebec LG2 electric project. They have seen many changes and share their life experience. They speak to us of the old days and of how they have fought through failing health and changing times to keep the knowledge of the Dab Iyiyuu. Elijah Carves a spoon from log and visits the hunters that now bring him goose because he can no longer hunt as he once did. Mary Anne prepares goose and together they make nets to catch fish and fowl. The program is completed with the story of a boy who has great magical powers.
  • A Hunter's Wisdom
    Friday, December 18
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Samuel and Margaret have lived off the land for most of their lives. In winter they fish and trap. Samuel makes a crooked knife from an old file with nothing more then a stove, wood and the knowledge of his ancestors. Margaret is busy making a travelling bag out of the fur Samuel has brought home from the trap line. Both have shared a challenging life that showcases the strong work ethic of the Dab Iyiyuu. As they sit together in their cabin, Samuel weaves a new pair of snowshoes and Margaret prepares the rawhide as they share a story of the importance of customs when it comes to respecting the ways of the land.
  • Seal Hunter
    Sunday, December 20
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    After a lifetime of living off James Bay, Harry and Maria Scipio tell us their knowledge of the seal. Seal is usually thought of as Inuit food but to Harry and Maria it has meant survival. Harry, who learned how to hunt seal from his father and father-in-law, takes us out to the open waters of James Bay. We watch for the heads of the seals to pop up and we whistle them in closer as Harry recounts his days as a seal hunter. It is spring and it is warm. He takes along his lifelong friend George as we navigate on the ice and islands of James Bay. When we stop at a seal hole we are surrounded by water on top of the ice. A bit too warm, Harry says. There's water on the ice but the ice is 3 feet thick. George says. They show us how to read the ice and waters of James Bay, so that we may come back safely to hunt another day. They tell us how the seal were able to keep their dog teams going. When we get back with a seal, Maria and George's wife Elizabeth help cut up the seal. They show us how to prepare the skin. Maria and Elizabeth use razor blades lashed to wood to shave the hair off the skin. When we get back to the house, Maria is finishing up a seal skin bullet bag and Harry tells us a story while the seal cooks. Harry spreads out the sealskin from a previous hunt. He tells us it's a young male by looking at the markings on the skin.
  • The Feast Master
    Sunday, December 27
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    A feast may never be if it were not for the feast master someone like Matthew Mukash. From the shores of the Hudson Bay Mathew Mukash leads us through a feast he is hosting. Many people pull together and somehow there is always food to be had. Someone has made the bannock, cooked the rabbit stew or brought the caribou. There is a key role to the success of such a gathering, it is the feast master that must orchestrate the entire event. Their job has a protocol and a purpose. Matthew Mukash explains the job as we follow him through his community's annual gathering at the old post. What food goes to who and the importance of getting it right. This is truly a spiritual calling that demands respect and knowledge of the old ways.
  • The Last Sturgeon
    Sunday, January 3
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Andrew and Winnie Moar come back every year to Rabbit Falls to fish for sturgeon. They welcome students to their 4 day fishing camp to teach them the ways of the sturgeon and how to prepare and smoke the fish. Story told of the Orphan named Jeeowash.
  • The Creator's Touch
    Friday, January 8
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    The strength and spiritual connection of one man and his wife are revealed as we sit with Charlie and Louisa Etapp who are making a gift for their grandchild. Charlie and Louisa Etapp tell us about their childhood and talk about how they raised their son Abraham on the land, hiding him from authorities in order to keep him out of school and give him a traditional education. They make a mamaapsuun a baby swing for an unborn great-grandchild and speak of their hopes for the family's future. Charlie finds the wood and carves the cradle board, while Louisa sews the waspsuyan the carrying bag that will keep the infant snug and warm. Charlie tells us how Abraham has a different temperament from his siblings who were marked by the discipline they received in the non-Native school system.
  • The Sled Maker
    Sunday, January 10
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Henry Bearskin is a bush man who chops down trees and creates beautiful sleds. He learned from his grandfather the best area to find one in the bush. The tree is carved and made into a sled called Iyiyidabinasque. Bush men carve as many sleds as people can pull. This episode shares the tradition of sled making in the Dab Iyiyuu.
  • Where The Fish Are
    Friday, January 15
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    On the Shores of the mighty Rupert River, in a camp called Smokey Hill, Johnny and Clymie Weistche teach us how to catch and prepare Cisco for the long winter ahead. These Dab Iyiyuu share with us the hunting and preparation of a fish that brings many to feast upon the fall spawning. Johnny and Clymie Weistche have enjoyed a life of fishing Cisco. Their harvesting has the community of Waskaganish famished for a piece of freshly caught fish. At one time the hunters of Smokey Hill would come and scoop net these fish on the Rupert's River. Saunders Weistche, Johnny's brother, shows how to make the scoop net and we see the net yield a healthy catch like it was done long ago. This may be a final glimpse at Smokey Hill's bountiful fishing as Hydro-Quebec looms in the distance preparing to dam the Rupert River and end the run of the Cisco.
  • Bear Hunter
    Sunday, January 17
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Freddy Jolly from Nemaska is a tallyman who inherited a trapline from his father. In the fall he finds an area near the Rupert River where he prepares his trapline to catch a bear. When a bear gets trapped and tries to get away the log will jam into a ground and hold him down. This episode shares the tradition of bear trapping in the Dab Iyiyuu.
  • Keeping Our Culture Alive
    Friday, January 22
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Retired Cree culture teachers Elijah and Mary Anne Cox are struggling to stay on their trap line because Elijah is diabetic and survives by getting blood transfusions and Mary Anne's health is difficult, but their committment to the Dab Iyiyuu life has enabled them to still enjoy living off the land. These two educators have kept the Culture alive against all the odds. They still enjoy roasted Goose, create daily tools and enjoy telling stories of the past. Their trap line now rests under La Grand River since back in the 1970's their land was flooded for the Hydro-Quebec LG2 electric project. They have seen many changes and share their life experience. They speak to us of the old days and of how they have fought through failing health and changing times to keep the knowledge of the Dab Iyiyuu. Elijah Carves a spoon from log and visits the hunters that now bring him goose because he can no longer hunt as he once did. Mary Anne prepares goose and together they make nets to catch fish and fowl. The program is completed with the story of a boy who has great magical powers.
  • The Caribou Hunter
    Sunday, January 24
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Harry Bearskin and his family hunt for Caribou. His grandfather hunted in the area and so did his father and he continues to pass down the traditions. The elders teach how people should hunt, kill, and clean out a caribou. His wife Connie works on caribou fur with her mother in creating a bag. This episode shares of the traditions and hunting of the Caribou in the Dab Iyiyuu.
  • Seal Hunter
    Friday, January 29
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    After a lifetime of living off James Bay, Harry and Maria Scipio tell us their knowledge of the seal. Seal is usually thought of as Inuit food but to Harry and Maria it has meant survival. Harry, who learned how to hunt seal from his father and father-in-law, takes us out to the open waters of James Bay. We watch for the heads of the seals to pop up and we whistle them in closer as Harry recounts his days as a seal hunter. It is spring and it is warm. He takes along his lifelong friend George as we navigate on the ice and islands of James Bay. When we stop at a seal hole we are surrounded by water on top of the ice. A bit too warm, Harry says. There's water on the ice but the ice is 3 feet thick. George says. They show us how to read the ice and waters of James Bay, so that we may come back safely to hunt another day. They tell us how the seal were able to keep their dog teams going. When we get back with a seal, Maria and George's wife Elizabeth help cut up the seal. They show us how to prepare the skin. Maria and Elizabeth use razor blades lashed to wood to shave the hair off the skin. When we get back to the house, Maria is finishing up a seal skin bullet bag and Harry tells us a story while the seal cooks. Harry spreads out the sealskin from a previous hunt. He tells us it's a young male by looking at the markings on the skin.
  • First Steps
    Sunday, January 31
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Great Whale River has great meaning for the Cree. In 1993 the Cree return to the site to celebrate the saving of the Great Whale from the massive hydro electric project. The elders indiciate a new generation. Time for the walking out ceremony, a child's first steps in the path of their ancestors. Storytelling about the evil Shaman Aayiaashaau who abandoned his son.
  • The Feast Master
    Friday, February 5
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A feast may never be if it were not for the feast master someone like Matthew Mukash. From the shores of the Hudson Bay Mathew Mukash leads us through a feast he is hosting. Many people pull together and somehow there is always food to be had. Someone has made the bannock, cooked the rabbit stew or brought the caribou. There is a key role to the success of such a gathering, it is the feast master that must orchestrate the entire event. Their job has a protocol and a purpose. Matthew Mukash explains the job as we follow him through his community's annual gathering at the old post. What food goes to who and the importance of getting it right. This is truly a spiritual calling that demands respect and knowledge of the old ways.

 

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  • A Hunter's Wisdom
    Sunday, November 22
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Samuel and Margaret have lived off the land for most of their lives. In winter they fish and trap. Samuel makes a crooked knife from an old file with nothing more then a stove, wood and the knowledge of his ancestors. Margaret is busy making a travelling bag out of the fur Samuel has brought home from the trap line. Both have shared a challenging life that showcases the strong work ethic of the Dab Iyiyuu. As they sit together in their cabin, Samuel weaves a new pair of snowshoes and Margaret prepares the rawhide as they share a story of the importance of customs when it comes to respecting the ways of the land.
  • Bush Medicine
    Friday, November 20
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Andrew and Maggie are at their bush camp today and will be showing us how to fish. Maggie is going to make shoogman, a Cree favorite and give us a lesson in traditional Bush Medicine. Andrew will indiciate us to the mysteries and practical use of a sweatlodge and tell us the unsetting love story of a man and the mermaid.
  • Charlie Makes A Drum
    Sunday, November 15
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Charlie gets around. A seasoned hunter, loving family man, and a living length to the world of the Cree ancestors. On this episode of Dab Iyiyuu Charlie makes a drum.
  • A Season in the Bush
    Friday, November 13
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    We visit Sam and Maragaret's hunting camp in which Sam demonstrates the craft of making bows and arrows and take us out on his trapline. Margaraet is going to tell us the legend of the lazy hunter and make a pair of mittens, a hot item in a cold winter. This is ideal for a season in the bush.
  • Keeping It Real
    Sunday, November 8
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Roast porcupine is a delicacy for Cree ancestors especially when food is scarce. Job and Mary are in their camp at the Great Whale sharing how to build a trap, scale wolf, clean caribou hide, and share how to go fishing Cree style.
  • First Steps
    Friday, November 6
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Great Whale River has great meaning for the Cree. In 1993 the Cree return to the site to celebrate the saving of the Great Whale from the massive hydro electric project. The elders indiciate a new generation. Time for the walking out ceremony, a child's first steps in the path of their ancestors. Storytelling about the evil Shaman Aayiaashaau who abandoned his son.
  • Sonny's First Goose
    Sunday, November 1
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    On the shores of Rivers Bay, were taking my nephew Sonny on his first goose hunt.
  • The Caribou Hunter
    Friday, October 30
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Harry Bearskin and his family hunt for Caribou. His grandfather hunted in the area and so did his father and he continues to pass down the traditions. The elders teach how people should hunt, kill, and clean out a caribou. His wife Connie works on caribou fur with her mother in creating a bag. This episode shares of the traditions and hunting of the Caribou in the Dab Iyiyuu.
  • Bush Medicine
    Sunday, October 25
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Andrew and Maggie are at their bush camp today and will be showing us how to fish. Maggie is going to make shoogman, a Cree favorite and give us a lesson in traditional Bush Medicine. Andrew will indiciate us to the mysteries and practical use of a sweatlodge and tell us the unsetting love story of a man and the mermaid.
  • Bear Hunter
    Friday, October 23
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Freddy Jolly from Nemaska is a tallyman who inherited a trapline from his father. In the fall he finds an area near the Rupert River where he prepares his trapline to catch a bear. When a bear gets trapped and tries to get away the log will jam into a ground and hold him down. This episode shares the tradition of bear trapping in the Dab Iyiyuu.
  • A Season in the Bush
    Sunday, October 18
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    We visit Sam and Maragaret's hunting camp in which Sam demonstrates the craft of making bows and arrows and take us out on his trapline. Margaraet is going to tell us the legend of the lazy hunter and make a pair of mittens, a hot item in a cold winter. This is ideal for a season in the bush.
  • The Sled Maker
    Friday, October 16
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Henry Bearskin is a bush man who chops down trees and creates beautiful sleds. He learned from his grandfather the best area to find one in the bush. The tree is carved and made into a sled called Iyiyidabinasque. Bush men carve as many sleds as people can pull. This episode shares the tradition of sled making in the Dab Iyiyuu.
  • First Steps
    Sunday, October 11
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Great Whale River has great meaning for the Cree. In 1993 the Cree return to the site to celebrate the saving of the Great Whale from the massive hydro electric project. The elders indiciate a new generation. Time for the walking out ceremony, a child's first steps in the path of their ancestors. Storytelling about the evil Shaman Aayiaashaau who abandoned his son.
  • The Last Sturgeon
    Friday, October 9
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    Andrew and Winnie Moar come back every year to Rabbit Falls to fish for sturgeon. They welcome students to their 4 day fishing camp to teach them the ways of the sturgeon and how to prepare and smoke the fish. Story told of the Orphan named Jeeowash.
  • The Caribou Hunter
    Sunday, October 4
    1:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Harry Bearskin and his family hunt for Caribou. His grandfather hunted in the area and so did his father and he continues to pass down the traditions. The elders teach how people should hunt, kill, and clean out a caribou. His wife Connie works on caribou fur with her mother in creating a bag. This episode shares of the traditions and hunting of the Caribou in the Dab Iyiyuu.
  • The Feast Master
    Friday, October 2
    1:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    A feast may never be if it were not for the feast master someone like Matthew Mukash. From the shores of the Hudson Bay Mathew Mukash leads us through a feast he is hosting. Many people pull together and somehow there is always food to be had. Someone has made the bannock, cooked the rabbit stew or brought the caribou. There is a key role to the success of such a gathering, it is the feast master that must orchestrate the entire event. Their job has a protocol and a purpose. Matthew Mukash explains the job as we follow him through his community's annual gathering at the old post. What food goes to who and the importance of getting it right. This is truly a spiritual calling that demands respect and knowledge of the old ways.