Culturally Relevant Resources for Classroom Teachers

PUBLICATIONS 

Braiding Sweetgrass Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (2014) by Robin Wall Kimmerer


Description: “As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert)”.


“Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return”.  [Milkweed Editions - https://milkweed.org/book/braiding-sweetgrass]


Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC)         


The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) has released a video series title Ogichidaa Storytellers. The following videos have been released in the series:

Crossing the Line: Tribble Brothers                                                             

Gathering the Pieces: The Jondreau Decision                                       

Lifting Nets: Gurnoe Decision                                                                          


Additional resources available from GLIFWC include media, calendar, booklets, youth publications, language resources, posters, cookbook, books, atlas, brochure, and include an opportunity to subscribe to the GLIFWC newspaper Mazina'igan. Each of these materials and resources are available through GLIFWC Education Materials and Treaty Rights sections.


Native Land Map, Discover whose native lands are found specific to your state, such as Wisconsin, the United States, and the North American continent using this interactive map. To use it, just enter a zip code or community name. You can choose to add territories, languages, or treaties to the map.

Poetry Lesson, In deceptively simple prose and verse, Louis V. "Two Shoes" Clark III shares his life story, from childhood on the Rez, through school and into the working world, and ultimately as an elder, grandfather, and published poet.  “How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century” explores Clark’s deeply personal and profound take on a wide range of subjects. Warm, plain spoken, and wryly funny, Clark’s is a unique voice talking frankly about a culture’ s struggle to maintain its heritage. His poetic storytelling style matches the rhythm of the life he recounts, what he calls "the heartbeat of my nation."

How to Be an Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes)

Teaching Materials: Indian Nations of Wisconsin 2nd Edition, Designed exclusively for educators in the secondary classroom, each chapter is presented through the lens of the "Understanding by Design" lesson plan framework.


Chief Ninham: Forgotten Hero


Mama's Little One

Red Brethren:  The Brothertown and Stockbridge Indians and the Problem of Race in Early America


A Nation of Statesmen:  The Political Culture of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans, 1815-1972


Electra Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher

Classroom Activities on Chippewa Treaty Rights (1991) Bulletin #2150

Classroom Activities on Wisconsin Indian Treaties and Tribal Sovereignty (1996) Bulletin #6156

Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal (Revised 2nd Edition) with a lesson plan framework

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask

Native People of Wisconsin: Revised and Expanded Edition, which includes a Teacher's Guide and Student Materials

Wisconsin Indians: Revised and Expanded Edition

Mountain Wolf Woman: A Ho-Chunk Girlhood

People of the Big Voice Photographs of Ho-Chunk Famlies

A Nation within a Nation Voices of the Oneida Wisconsin


Native Nations of Wisconsin

Native American Tourism of Wisconsin: Official Guide of Native American Communities of Wisconsin


Good Seeds:  A Menominee Indian Food Memoir/Wisconsin Historical Society

Ojibwe-Waasa Inaabidaa “We look In All Directions”

Wisconsin First Nations American Indian Studies in Wisconsin


American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) - “Established in 2006, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society”. Throughout the website you will see links to book reviews, Native media, and more.


Bowwow Powwow (2018)Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child is a book about “Windy Girl who is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself—about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything. 


When Uncle and Windy Girl and Itchy Boy attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Now Uncle’s stories inspire other visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers—all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow.


This playful story by Brenda J. Child is accompanied by a companion retelling in Ojibwe by Gordon Jourdain and brought to life by Jonathan Thunder’s vibrant dreamscapes. The result is a powwow tale for the ages”. 



There There (2018) by Tommy Orange


Description: Author “Tommy Orange’s shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to each other in ways they may not yet realize. There is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and working to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, who is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death, has come to work at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil has come to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, utterly contemporary and always unforgettable”. [Penguin Random House - https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/563403/there-there-by-tommy-orange/]


There There Reader’s Guide is also available for questions and topics for discussion.