dagwaagin NASA camp 2014

group Fall 2014
Our first camp funded through a NASA grant obtained through the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College began our three year place-based study of climate change.

Over 30 students worked with teachers and college interns on a number of projects/studies throughout the weekend.

Friday night began with Mr. Jackson from the FDL Natural Resources. He  spoke with the group about the efforts on the reservation to clean the air and water.

Students were assigned into small multi-age  “color groups” and rotated as a group between three classes. What climate change means in our local area as well as how it is related to changes throughout the world were studied through a “GPS and Local Climate Change” study (Lindner/Rhodes) and “Earth Systems” overview (Breckenridge/Welch).

The different biomes found in the US were researched . Students shared information on climate, food, animals, land types and activities conducted (Breckenridge/Welsch).

Students learned how to sew fleece mittens using an 1914 pattern. Living an artful life includes including who we are in every part of our life – we include our culture. We use real materials and tools. And, lastly, we only use what we need. Preparing for the winter is important so we learned how to make mittens! (Olson)

IMG_8966IMG_2082IMG_2070IMG_2071Ojibwe language (Paitrick) was spoken througho the we ekend. Students were assigned color groups that had Ojibwe descriptors: miskwass (red)/gizhaate(hot), ozhaawashkwaa (green)/waawaate (northen lights), ozhaawaa (yellow)/aabawaa (warm and mild), waabishkaa (white)/gisinaa (cold), ozhaawashkwaa (blue)/giniwan (rainy), makadewaa (black)/baate (dry).

Everyone in camp participated in a comparative study  of study of  global resources (Bucar). We looked at how each continent used their natural resources, populations, energy use, etc.

It was a beautiful Fall weekend. We were happy to spend time with friends and family – especially Holly. We will continue our study at the next camp in November.

Art, Culture, gidaa, Ojibwe language, Science, Seasonal camp