Any of the workshops outlined below are available as of September 2016 for your class and can be adapted to a specific grade level.
Invite us into your school, OR come visit us in the tipi here at Trent University!
G’Chi-Nibi – Sacred Water
In this workshop students will engage their heads, hands and hearts as they learn about the four types of water based on a small part of the Anishinaabe Creation Story. They will discuss and learn more about the reciprocal relationship that all people have towards G’Chi-Nibi as we discuss water conservation, protection, distribution and accessibility and brainstorm ways to strengthen our personal relationship with water. Students will also get their hands wet to explore the scientific properties of water density, cohesiveness, pH and other characteristics. They will be introduced to some of the everyday uses of water, such as industrial, eco-tourism and agricultural.
Ode-min – Strawberry
Odemin Giizis is known as Strawberry Moon, and this term is how the month of June is referred to by Anishinaabe people in this area. Strawberries are the first fruit to grow upon our Mother the Earth, and through the traditional teachings and Creation story of the first strawberry, they teach us about growth, forgiveness, self-discipline and peace. We will explore and compare the varieties of strawberries we have available to us today and discuss the differences in growth rate and production methods. Students will have the opportunity to extract DNA from a strawberry, learn about the structure of DNA and how genetic information is passed through generations. They will study the nutritional benefits of a variety of berries and discover which ones can be sourced locally. We might even get a taste of this sweet traditional fruit!
Did you know that the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunne calendars are based not on twelve months, but on thirteen moons? Did you know that each of these moons is reflected in the thirteen scutes on a turtle’s back, and that they typically have 28 outer scutes- the number of days in one moon? Do you happen to know what a scute is? Turtles (including, when we are lucky, some special guests from the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre!) will teach us all this and more, in this very special workshop. This program combines storytelling, adaptation art, and an active game that will turn your students into hatching turtle eggs racing the tide, weather, and predators. This is a classroom favourite with an activity for every type of learner, and will cover topics including identification, hibernation, challenges facing turtles, ways we can help them, and any other questions your students may have.
Mtigwaaki – Forest (Must have access to forested space! )
The forest is considered the natural kitigan (garden) to Anishinaabe people, and is the place where all of our traditional materials (for building, medicine, food, clothing, and so much more) once came from. For many people living traditionally, the forest continues to be a source of wonder and a way to make a living. Students will hear stories about how human beings share the forest with our animal relatives and will be exposed to a different way of understanding the reciprocal relationship we have with all the beings therein. Anishinaabe knowledge and stories will be used in conjunction with scientific principles to explain natural processes such as photosynthesis, tree sap production and ecosystem interactions between trees and insects. This workshop must be done in a forested space, where we will have the opportunity to play some hands-on games where we will both meet some very special trees, and take on the important role of a tree as it eats and breathes!
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