gidakiimanaaniwigamig Summer 2012

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ACC program before edit 029ACC program before edit 059IMG_0234IMG_0783webWe had a busy week…traveled a lot! One day we went all the way to Odanah, WI to visit GLIFWC’s headquarters. There we learned about invasive species and efforts by Scientists and Natural Resources folks to control the spread of invasive species like Asian Carp and Sea Lamprey into Lake Superior. We also saw leaders in our community providing knowledge and support for Ojibwe people as they participate in hunting and fishing on ceded territories, as agreed to through the Treaty of 1854.

Students also participated in a geology study. Wherever we traveled the rocks on the area were looked and and studied to better understand the history of our area. We looked at sandstone, basalt, granite among a few others.

We also collected water samples wherever we went. Tests were conducted to see the health of the watersheds. Tests included ph, dissolved oxygen, phosphate levels, sulfate levels and nitrates. We are especially interested in the sulfide mining proposal in northern Minnesota. We are conducting water testing along the St. Louis River watershed and collecting our own data to better understand the affect of the mining on the future. We believe that if the mining is allowed to proceed it would forever change the water-scape as well as the growth of wild rice growth. Please see for more information by students.

Time was spent at the Bear Center in Ely and swimming at the Lake nearby. Students visited the Bois Forte Museum where the history of Ojibwe people was demonstrated through historical displays as well as current work.

Students studied the work of artist Wing Young Huie through a “chalk talk”. Students practiced their interview skills and photographed each other with informative written statements.

It was a great time for students to be together and learn. We hope to gather again in the Fall during ricing season. See see more images from the Summer camp click here

Culture Based Arts Integration Workshop for Teachers

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Lakota artist. South Dakota Parfleche, about 1890. Rawhide, pigment, tanned hide strips 14 1/2 × 26 × 2 1/2 in. (36.8 × 66 × 6.4 cm.)

Lakota artist. South Dakota Parfleche, about 1890. Rawhide, pigment, tanned hide strips 14 1/2 × 26 × 2 1/2 in. (36.8 × 66 × 6.4 cm.)

Teachers spent a week on the Bois Forte reservation learning about Ojibwe and Dakota culture and arts. Through the Culture Based Arts Integration (CBAI) grant teachers are writing curriculum integrating seasonal culture and arts into current and new units of study. Activities during the week included many informative lecture on language, history and culture, demonstration on wild rice harvesting and preparation, demonstration of pow wow organization and participation as well as a number of videos on current and historical topics including the Dakota 38+2, artists and traditional values.

It was a well planned and intensive study time of learning, discussion and reflection.


American Indian Student Services

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American Indian Student Services provides quality educational program in a positive and challenging learning environment for American Indian students of all ages and to maximize their individual potential to compete in a global society while enriching, respecting, and honoring their cultural heritage.


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logoStudents attended the National American Indian Science & Engineering Fair and Expo (NAISEF) on March 22-23, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM.

STEAM Science Fair

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IMG_4494IMG_4489IMG_0015Nearly seventy South Ridge 2nd -6th students in the STEAM after-school program were encouraged to enter this year’s Science Fair. After choosing working groups students began brainstorming ideas on Science Buddies. High School Science and Art students were matched up with young scientists and assisted them through the experiments, writing up data, and creating the presentation boards.

It’s about enjoying what you are doing! Curious learners make excellent students! Special thanks to ISD2142 American Indian Student Services for their generous support as well as Mr. Ray (HS Science), Mr. Lindner (HS Tech Ed), Ms. C.Olson (K-12 Art), Ms. Ellison (Grade 2), Ms. Dirksen (Grade 4), Ms. Dammer (Grade 6) and Ms. Graves (Grade 6).

Manoomin research presented at Geo-Science Alliance

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The National Lacustrine Core Facility (LacCore) from the University of Minnesota and High School students from local programs supported by ISD2142 American Indian Student Services – gidakiimanaaniwigamig and manoomin –  presented work that they have been doing for the past five years.  Hands-on demonstrations and posters documentating  current research findings were presented by students, faculty, and researchers.The primary focus on the lake sedimanet core samples has offered opportunities for gaining knowledge about the past, present, and future conditions of the lakes as they relate to wild rice production.Geo-Science Alliance

FDL Natural Resources Teach Students to Use Compass

5th grade compass pouches 0085th grade walk in woods fdl 025Students learned to applique beads on the front of a small leather pouch. Pouches held a compass. Over the winter students spent time with Fond du Lac’s Natural Resource scientist and community members learning how to read and use their compass properly.

Funded through Success for the Future.

Mural Project – Cross Cultural Discussions with Local Elders

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The goal of the mural was to depict the history of the people from the area. Families had lived for generations as neighbors but knew little about each other. Based on the four seasons, the sky was painted in monochromatic blues showing historical images of our original people, the Ojibwe, involved in traditional seasonal activities such as sugar bush and harvesting wild rice. The foreground, painted in full color, showed Ojibwe and European-American emigrants involved in mid-20th century to present day activities such as going to school, sliding and skating, raising animals, doing laundry, farming, and family life.

The images were created by Art 7 students in response to talking with elders, American Indian and European American. Elders met with students in their English and Art classes. Students were prepared with questions that would assist student in better understanding what is was like growing up in the area at that time. Students learned about harsh winters when cows still had to be tended, how vegetables were sold in town or shared with family and neighbors, and the ways kids spent their time – working the land and assisting with caring for the animals as well as playing outside. They found similarities between communities as well clear differences.

It was a beginning of an on-going discussion.

Jeff Tibbett’s Soapstone Sculpture

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IMG_6872Artist Jeff Tibbett’s worked with high school students in the art studio carving soapstone. Students prepared themselves by completing a series of conte’crayon drawings of animal skeletons and their muscle construction.  Based in observation of animals and the human figure, Mr. Tibbett’s has completed figurative work in iron, stone, copper, bronze, antler and bone. Students learned how to use carving tools and rasps. Students finished their work by heating the stone and melting beeswax.

Stone and carving tools can be purchased through Dick Blick Art Supplies.

Mr. Tibbett’s work can be found at the TWEED Museum, University of Minnesota, Duluth campus.

Joyce LaPort’s Faceless Dolls

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DSC_2847DavidwithhisdollArtist LaPort worked with students in grades 3-12 making a faceless doll. The doll was first made for Ms. LaPort as a gift from her Grandmother. As a young girl Ms. LaPort  spent a lot of time with her Grandmother. Her Grandmother wanted to teach Joyce how to use the needle and thread. Between their homes was a small body of water that provided some of the supplies needed to sew a doll. The body was made from scraps of leather sewn with stinging nettle and stuffed with cat tail fluff. The clothes were made from remnants and the hair was her Grandmothers. The doll had no features on its face. Ms. LaPort asked her Grandmother why there was no face. Her Grandmother brought her down to the water and they looked at their reflections in the water. Her Grandmother told her that her reflection was only to be seen in the water.

Ms. LaPort spent 10 days over two months working with the students. Based in the Art classroom, she spent four days assisting students in beginning their work. Students were *supplied with materials to make a four inch leather doll stuffed with buffalo fur. The hair is horse tail and the thread is imitation sinew. Students learned to use the Glover’s needle in a safe way. Some of the High School Ojibwe language students assisted the younger students in completing the project. She returned periodically to assist and redirect students to complete their doll.

Once all the dolls were completed an afternoon “feast” of snacks was given in honor of Ms. LaPort. The dolls were put on display at the Fond du Lac Reservation Historical Museum and the Spring Music Concert at AlBrook.

For more information contact Joyce LaPort at 218-428-8444

*Supplies are available through Lietzau Taxidermy Atten: Chuck,

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