Waadookodaading – Ojibwe Language Immersion School

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 9th, 2016 Last Updated on: March 9th, 2016

In this wonderful video, Wisconsin Media Lab and The Ways shows us how an Ojibwe immersion school integrates the tradition of sugaring into their curriculum. Keller Paap, a teacher, and Brooke Ammann, the school director, explain the importance of students learning Ojibwe language in this way.

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The winter stories of the Ojibwe are vital narratives that offer a historical and moral guide for understanding the environment and our people’s place within it. One of these stories tells of the first maple sugar gathering. A tree offered its life-force (sap) for use by the people to help keep them alive through a difficult winter when many were starving to death. This tree asked to be cared for in return and to be thanked properly for this gift. Each spring the students at Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School open the school sugar bush with a retelling of this story and an opening feast of thanks.

Waadookodaading: Ojibwe Language Immersion School from Wisconsin Media Lab on Vimeo.

For more information and stories, please visit theways.org/story/waadookodaading.

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Papa Nyk Lindsoe

Thank you for sharing this with me. I am currently assisting a Saudi Arabian graduate student here in St Louis, MO, who would like to change the current modality used in the Kingdom. This video is of immeasurable assistance to him. He is working on his dissertation and, if there is value would like to cite you. If you approve, please provide appropriate citation information.

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