Rabbit & Turtle Story with Catherine Howard

“Learn About” Questions What type of stories are “The Rabbit and the Turtle” and “The Frog and the Turtle?” How do stories like these help us to learn about life? “Learn From” Questions In the story about the rabbit and the turtle, which character do I identify most with and why? Can I think of…

Spending Time and Money with Catherine Howard

“Learn About” Questions What does identity mean when referring to an individual? What does identity mean when referring to a group of people? How do identities differ in reference to an individual or a group? How do things like what we do and how we spend our money impact our identities? “Learn From” Questions How…

Always Have a Smile with Catherine Howard

“Learn About” Questions Why is humor an important part of the Dakota way of life? How are jokes that men tell and women tell different traditionally? Why is important to keep telling the funny stories of the past? “Learn From” Questions What are examples of funny stories told in my family? When do these stories…

Generosity with Catherine Howard

“Learn About” Questions What are ways to define generosity? Why is sharing important to the Dakota way of life? What has caused sharing and generosity to become “broken” now? What does it mean to “smudge?” “Learn From” Questions What are ways in my life that I show generosity? How does generosity impact my life and…

Broken Circle with Catherine Howard

“Learn About” Questions What are examples of negative things that can have an impact on the circle of life? What does it mean to show respect to others? What is an example of how I show respect in my life? Why is it important to look at things like how we dress when we talk…

Traditional Ways with Catherine Howard

“Learn About” Questions How is storytelling part of the circle of life for a Dakota person? How are powwows, dancing and drumming part of the circle of life? What causes guilt to occur in individuals when traditions aren’t honored? “Learn From” Questions What is a story that has been told to me by my family?…

Circle of Life with Catherine Howard

“Learn About” Questions What is the circle of life? What things are part of the circle of life? What does it mean to present myself in a modest way? “Learn From” Questions What does it mean to be connected to water and rocks and other things in nature? How have I experienced that connection? In…

Broken Treaties with Catherine Howard

“Learn About” Questions What is a treaty? Why are treaties important? What has caused treaties to become broken? How does money impact relationships within tribes and tribal councils? Why is it important to use the Dakota language as much as possible when dealing with things like treaties and policies or tribal gatherings? “Learn From” Questions…