gichi-manidoo-giizis (January – Great Spirit Moon) began with students preparing photographs to submit to the changethemascot.org#proud to be. Students studied the movement to change the Washington football team’s name during November camp and took action and added their voice to change the name. Friday night students listened as Nikki Crowe from 13Moons talked about treaty rights. Student then studied animal tracks. Working in teams students determined which animal tracks they were looking at based on guide books. DNR scientist and FDLTCC graduate led students through a study to better understand how animals move around in our woods.
Saturday morning students studied the biome Temperate Deciduous Forest (our area). Students presented their finding in small presentation to their classmates. Students were also able to use a glacier table – a large box-table that allows students to speculate how glaciers, water and earth work with and against each other. Prof. Henry Mooers, UMD Geology Dept. brought clarity to the various earth formations like moraines which are piles of sediment deposited at the edges and front of glaciers.
The Jones brothers met with students and community members for the majority of the afternoon to talk about their lives growing up trapping. Both of their parents were professional trappers in Canada. They taught us Ojibwe phrases as they demonstrated the skills required to live as a trapper. The skinned a beaver, rabbit and otter. Hides were stretched on boards. They demonstrated how a trap works. The presentation was very informative. The brothers were enjoyable to listen to and shared a lot of traditional knowledge about the proper way to skin and animal in a respectful way which includes ceremony. Oral teaching about properly caring for trapped animals was generously shared.
Saturday night we learned about Ojibwe and Navajo Code Talkers. The work of these men contributed to the successes in WWII. Students created an encouraging phrase in Ojibwe using Morse Code on a hula hoop.
Sunday students presented what they had learned to their families. K. Goodsky created a video during the weekend and shared it with the group. It was amazing!!!