Four Seasons of the Ojibwe

Four Seasons of the Ojibwe

Tuesday, August 15 | 8:30 am-3:30 pm | $90

7 clock hours available upon request


This interactive workshop will present new curriculum across content areas that integrate specific Ojibwe materials aligned with the Minnesota State Standards. Educators will begin to understand the relationship that existed between natural resources, food resources, and the seasonal round of life for the Ojibwe people and how these various aspects of culture continue in a contemporary society. We will first focus on the spring and summer months with topics that include the process of sugarbush, the importance of birch bark, gardening, gathering, and traditional toys and games. The autumn and winter months will explore ricing, hunting and trapping fur bearing animals, and the important role of traditional storytelling.

In the afternoon, we will focus on teaching culture through toys and games. Participants will have the opportunity to play and replicate many American Indian traditional games for classroom use. Introducing these games in the classroom will help participants teach meaningfully about the cultural lives and lived experiences of American Indian people.