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Episode 12 – Archery

Episode 12 – Archery

Time to go shopping for dinner, old-school style! I was pretty excited to visit Oliver, BC to try out archery (tuxwa'ts). As a former police officer, I have experience using a gun, but this would be my first time picking up a bow and arrow. Back in the old days, the bow and arrow was an important weapon for warfare and hunting. A warrior has to make sure his family doesn’t go hungry!

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Episodes 10 + 11 – Arctic Games

Episodes 10 + 11 – Arctic Games

Kickin’ it up Arctic style! This is my chance to learn about life with the white stuff. Growing up on Vancouver Island, we didn’t see too much meqe' (snow), except on the ski hills. But for the show I travelled up north to Whitehorse, where they live in a winter wonderland for a many months every year. This was my chance to learn how northern xwslhuwlhnenum (hunters) stay fit while they are waiting for spring to arrive. And let me tell you, it doesn’t involve a treadmill.

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Episode 9 – Snowsnake

Episode 9 – Snowsnake

It’s a snake that lives in the snow! Coming from Coast Salish territory, I’ve seen one or two small ulhqi' (snakes). But never one in wintertime! This week I work on my throwing skills when I try out the game called snowsnake. The “snake” is actually a stick that has been waxed by a person called a “shiner” ... kind of like when you wax your skis for the right snow conditions.

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Episode 7 - Longball

Episode 7 - Longball

Hit the ball, and watch them run! It’s a bit like baseball, and a bit like dodgeball. But the name of this game is e:ho:tre:s or longball...

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Episode 6 – Hoop Dancing

Episode 6 – Hoop Dancing

Time to hang up the hatchet, and put on my dancing shoes! Today I head back to Sto:lo territory to take on a new kind of challenge. I’m going to be learning the steps of a traditional hoop dancer, and proving this Coast Salish Warrior really does have rhythm.

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Episode 5 – Seabird Island

Episode 5 – Seabird Island

Are you ready to hold the earth in your hands? A fish, a watermelon, and a really big ball (smukw) were some of the things I discovered on Seabird Island. This is the heart of the Sto:lo nation, and their kids showed me a few of their traditional games (sxwi'walum). Some were messier than others.

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Episode 4 – Metis Games

Episode 4 – Metis Games

It’s time to test the might of the Metis Warrior! Brute force is in demand when I show up at the Metis Voyageur Games. We’re talking about picking up massive logs and carrying them as far as you can stagger. And of course I expected to be wearing a Metis sash, just not around my head for a game of tug of war. It’s all part of the competition in Sault Saint Marie, where hundreds of Metis gathered together for a week in the summer (tum'kw'e'lus).

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Episode 3 – Lacrosse

Episode 3 – Lacrosse

From my home on Vancouver Island, it was a short trip across the Salish Sea to visit the Squamish nation (Sḵwxwú7mesh). Lacrosse is really popular in this community, and I was going to get some training from the North Shore Indians. They even had a team jersey made up for me … and they almost spelt my name right!

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Episode 2 – War Canoe

Episode 2 – War Canoe

Being a warrior in my own backyard! This week I stick close to home when I pick up a paddle (squmel), and step off of dry land. I am in my own Coast Salish territory for the Stz’uminus War Canoe Races. It’s pretty cool to do a show so close to where I grew up in Duncan, BC. It’s funny that I spent my childhood living next to the water, and never really learned how to canoe (snuxwulh). Well this is my chance to change all that.

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Episode 1 – Stickball

Episode 1 – Stickball

Keep the bandages handy! I have to admit I was more than a little nervous when we set off for Choctaw, Mississippi for this week’s episode . After some serious flight delays at the Dallas airport we arrived just in time for the annual Choctaw Indian Fair. I was expecting a bit of a brutal lesson in the traditional Choctaw sport called stickball. It’s similar to lacrosse with fewer rules and more bloodshed. No helmet or pads allowed!

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Steve's Challenge

Steve's Challenge

I want to get really fit and meet some great kids while I'm at it. I've decided to trade in my treadmill for traditional indigenous sports from across North America. What a great way to learn about First Nations warriors and the sports they played to stay ready for battle!

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