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The Cree Calendar

What if instead of getting frustrated with the weather, we tweaked the way we measured the year?

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September 26, 2018


With geese flying south in August and snow in September, it sometimes feels like winter in Edmonton spills far outside its season. What if instead of getting frustrated with the weather though, we tweaked the way we measured the year?

That's the question that Chris Chang-Yen Phillips explored in Episode 27 of Let's Find Out, a monthly podcast about Edmonton, Alberta – aka Amiskwaciwâskahikan – on Treaty Six territory. Each episode, host Chris Chang-Yen Phillips takes questions from curious Edmontonians about local history and works with them to find out the answers.

Taproot Edmonton member Ben Freeland

Taproot Edmonton member Ben Freeland learned that the Cree calendar divides the year into six seasons. So he wondered why we don't revive the calendar here in Treaty Six territory. Chris helped Ben explore that question by speaking with Cree teachers Yvonne and Norma Saddleback.

Norma Saddleback

Listen to the episode at LetsFindOutPodcast.com:

Taproot Edmonton is proud to commission this episode, the third in a series of collaborations with Let's Find Out.

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Photos by Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Kurt Bauschardt, and IQRemix.