The Value of Language with Leander “Russ” MacDonald

“Learn About” Questions Where are speakers of the Arikara language found in North Dakota? Where are speakers of the Mandan language found in North Dakota? Where are speakers of the Hidatsa language found in North Dakota? “Learn From” Questions Is there a language other than English that I speak with my family? How does knowing…

Cross-Cultural Knowledge with Leander “Russ” MacDonald

“Learn About” Questions How does it help individuals to have knowledge in their own culture as well as others’ cultures? What are examples of similarities between Norwegian and Native cultures? How is “showing off money” or “drawing attention” to yourself seen within the Native culture? “Learn From” Questions What cultures besides my own am I…

Storytelling & Humor with Leander “Russ” MacDonald

“Learn About” Questions How does humor help to tell the story of the life of an individual who has passed away? How does humor help with disciplining children? How does storytelling help with disciplining children? How might storytelling and the use of humor help children to develop in better ways than harsh discipline? Who was…

Mitak’ Oyasin with Leander “Russ” MacDonald

“Learn About” Questions What does “mitak’ oyasin” mean? What does it mean to all be related? How does spirituality define the way we relate to the Creator? In what ways does spirituality help with addiction and becoming sober? How do our day to day interactions and decisions impact our legacy?  How does knowing that every…