Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Native Language & Culture Camp
On July 25-27th hubby and I had the pleasure of attending our first Native American Language and Culture camp here in Manistee, MI. Some of you may already know but for those of you don't, I am half Native American, from my father's side who belonged to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians (LRBOI) from our area. My siblings and I and all our children are official citizens of the LRBOI. One of the reasons why my hubby and I moved up here.
Four sessions were held daily and it was so hard to choose from but here are the few that I attended:
This was such a fun time for hubby and I. He didn't attend some of the sessions with me but we both learned a lot. I was most fascinated by the elderly woman speaking the Anishinaabe language. Some stories they told were in English as well, one about eating Muskrat brains when she was little (I almost choked when I heard that one). Another spoke about harvesting wild rice in the area we live in. I also learned to make fresh teas from blueberries and Sassafras which apparently grows wild all around upper Michigan.
Anyway, that was our weekend. I'm so looking forward to next years. We are allowed to bring non-Native friends so if you're interested in learning more about the Native Americans and want to come up and join us, by all means please let me know. Or perhaps you can be allowed to attend a camp with your local Native American tribe. A great learning experience, especially if you are a teacher.
Until next time,