We all need to ask questions, and there can be no questions if we don’t know basic questioning words (or “interrogatives”).
How else can we be expected to learn about each other, new ideas, and the location of Noohkoom’s (Grandma’s) secret berry-picking place?
(Word to the wise: Even if we ask nicely, there’s no guarantee that Noohkoom will give up that information)
In our traditional Michif culture, questions were also an important way to hold each other accountable.
In the event of wrongdoing, questioning was also the fundamental way in which we re-balanced our relationships and our communities.
Let’s begin with who, what, and how …