Explore Wisconsin’s Native cultures and communities using Wisconsin First Nations. This robust collection of PK-12 educational videos, lesson plans, and learning tools address current academic standards and enhance understanding of American Indian Studies in Wisconsin.
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Waadookodaading: Ojibwe Language Immersion School tells a story of resilience and revitalization. This video shows how an Ojibwe immersion school integrates the tradition of sugaring into their curriculum. Your students will hear children speaking the language of their ancestors, Ojibwemowin.
The Ways is a series of stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes. This online educational resource explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The engaging series features tribal communities of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Powwow Trail is a glimpse inside the Oneida Nation Powwow through the eyes of Dylan Jennings, a UW-Madison student, traditional dancer, and singer with Midnite Express.
Lake Superior Whitefish shares the story of the Petersons, a commercial fishing family in Hancock, Michigan. Pat Peterson explains how treaties made with the U.S. government protect her people's right to hunt and fish in the ceded territories that once belonged to them.
Tall Paul explores the connections between language, identity, and landscape. He raps about how language shapes identity, and about his own sense of disconnection from the lands and traditions of his ancestors.
Living Language shares Ron Corn Jr.'s attempt to teach his daughter, Mimikwaeh, to be a first language speaker of the Menominee language. This story explores the relationship between culture and language.
Greg Johnson is a hunter and traditional craftsman. In Hunting Deer, he shares how and why hunting is so important to his family and to his community's health and way of life.
Molly Miller shares her experience as a healer and explores the role of elders in her community. One of these roles is to bring back Native language and cultural healing practices. This can be a way to heal the historical trauma that resulted when children were taken from their families during the boarding school era.
The Lady Thunderhawks are the Oneida Nation High School girls basketball team. Jessica House, a senior and captain of the team, considers how team membership affects her identity as a member of her community and the Oneida Nation.