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Tawow is a cultural publication and is edited by Mrs. Jean Goodwill of the Indian Affairs Cultural Development Section. Mrs. Goodwill, a Plains Cree Indian from Little Pine Reserve, Saskatchewan, was formerly co-editor of The Indian News.
Announcing the appearance of the first issue of Tawow, Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien said the Indian people must have a chance to express themselves and through the creation of Tawow, they are being given this opportunity. Very few people of Indian ancestry are acclaimed as authors and there is a great need for giving these people a medium through which they, can express their ideas and share some of their cultural background with their fellow Canadians, he said.
The publication is expected to help uncover the work of many talented native Canadians, to promote it and, at the same time, bring to other Canadians glimpses of Indian culture, both past and present.
In the first issue, there are articles of interest to Indian women, contributions by well known artists and by many of the younger people. The articles cover such varied subjects as the origin of Indian place names in Cape Breton, Tahahsheena rugs in Sioux country, a dance troupe in Paris and Indian children in Ontario.
Of general interest is "Indian Urbanization" by Andrew Bear Robe, former Executive Director of the Calgary Indian Friendship Centre, and an illustrated article on how to make Northern Woodlands Moccasins. A story on the ancient Pipe Ceremony is followed by an article on Norval Morrisseau, an Ojibway artist from Northern Ontario.
All articles will be published in the language written by the contributors. Only in certain cases selected by the editors will the material appear in other languages. Great care has gone into ensuring that the publication has the widest possible appeal and participation.
Tawow will be sold through Queen's Printer bookstores at a cost of $1 per issue.