Boarding School Impact on Language with Demus McDonald

“Learn About” Questions Where is St. Michael’s Boarding School, and what years did it run? How was St. Michael’s Boarding School established and why? Why were students not allowed to speak their Native languages? How did students who only spoke a Native language learn to speak English? Why were physical punishments used to prevent students…

The Medicine Wheel with Demus McDonald

“Learn About” Questions What is a medicine wheel? What are the colors of the medicine wheel and what order are they placed? What does each color represent? How does a medicine wheel help to represent the four Dakota Values? “Learn From” Questions How familiar am I with the medicine wheel? In what ways might the…

Dakota Values with Demus McDonald

“Learn About” Questions How is speaking Dakota language different for men and for women? What are some examples of the differences in Dakota language for men and for women? What are some of the phrases that Demus shares in Dakota? What are the four Dakota Values? How did a turkey help Demus to learn these…

Dust Whirlwind with Demus McDonald

“Learn About” Questions Why was Demus named Maka Nahomni? Why did his grandma name him instead of his mom? Why did Demus and his wife take in foster children over the years? “Learn From” Questions How did I get my name? Who named me? How has my name shaped the person I have become? Are…

Healing Grandparents with Demus McDonald

“Learn About” Questions What were the tipi poles gathered for in this story? Why was it important that Demus prepared them? What role did the poles play in this story? How did his grandpa heal the man? Why did Demus have to cut up the poles after the man was healed? How did Demus’s grandma…

St. Michael’s Boarding School with Demus McDonald

“Learn About” Questions Why did the grandpa compare school to “breaking or training a horse?” How was it similar? Where is St. Michael’s Boarding School? Is it still open?  Who attended it and when? Why were they not allowed to speak in their Native language? Why was learning English so important? Why was prayer an…