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Interesting discussions:

Knowing that the ancient stories are from the Stoney and the Blackfoot:

Will the ancient stories be similar or different?

Millarville student predictions

Dr. Morris Gibson student predictions

Our stories can not be the same as the stories of the Blackfoot or the T'Suu Tina. We live on a different land and so our stories have to be different.

We have each read stories from the Blackfoot and so our stories can not be the same as the stories of the Stoney or the T'Suu Tina because we are all different people and our land is different so we will have different stories.

Will we find any similarities in the culture
of the Stoney and the Blackfoot?

"The number 4 is in the Stoney and the Blackfoot stories, 4 seasons, 4 winds, 4 directions. There must be something about this number 4 it must be special to the native people."

"Both of the Ancient stories have animals in them. The animals talk to each other and also to the people. There seems to be a lot of respect for the animals with the native people especially the eagle. We don't have the same respect for our animals but we still like them."

"Both of the Ancient stories have places where they talk to the spirits. We are wondering if the native people have the same spirits and if they do how do they know to have the same spirits when they have never met each other. Or did they at some time meet each other?

"There is a respect for the land in the Ancient Stories. We can understand that because we have a respect for our land too. We felt it when we sat on the land. It is very powerful. We know how they feel."

"Both of the Ancient Stories have a trickster, Na'pe and Iktomni. They both like to brag and sometimes they get into a lot of trouble. We are wondering if they are cousins or brothers because they are very much the same. Why do the Stoney and the Blackfoot have a trickster in their stories?"

"The elders are very important to the Stoney and the Blackfoot Everyone listens to them and enjoys their stories. The stories always told something that was very important. This was a good way to learn. We enjoyed their stories."

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