2014 NA’-LE NDN-TIVITY
The Waa-tr’vslh-‘a~ Department would like to thank all of those who participated in our Na’-le NDN-tivity (Gambling Indian-Activity). We gathered together over four consecutive weekends. We began by gathering together to discuss the history of gambling and what it means to the Dee-ni’, as well as explore the protocols associated with both mens’ and womens’ gambling. Over the next six gatherings the ch’vs-ne (men) made all the materials for ch’vs-ne na’-le (men’s gambling): ‘vtlh-ghalh (drum), mvlh-‘vtlh-ghalh (drum stick), ch’atlh-t’e (cards) and chvn (counters), while the tr’aa~-xe (women) made all the materials for tr’aa~-xe na’-le (women’s gambling): ch’vtlh-xat (shell dice), na’-tr’ee-le chee-ne’ (counters/gambling sticks), and natlh-mish (purses/bags). On our final day we came together to share all of our creations and review the rules of gambling, the protocols and roles associated with gambling and singing. We were able to gamble in our respective groups and enjoy good company and food. We look forward to seeing all of you at Dee-ni’ Day this year to share your skills, bring your luck and money! A special thank you to all the Smith River staff, committees and council who helped to make this a successful NDN-tivity.