Dakota and Kinship Names with Oliver Gourd

“Learn About” Questions What is the difference between Native names and kinship names? Why are kinship names important to relationships and identity? What are some examples of kinship names that Oliver shared? What is a tiwahe? What is a tiospaye? How do these terms help with relationships? “Learn From” Questions Am I called by names…

The Man Without a Face with Oliver Gourd

“Learn About” Questions What is mni sa? How does it affect the men in this story? How does building to a punchline help a story? What is the punchline in this story, “The Man Without a Face?” How do lots of details help a story like this? “Learn From” Questions What role does storytelling play…

Iktomi’s Predictions with Oliver Gourd

“Learn About” Questions How does Iktomi teach us what not to do? Why does Iktomi play tricks? What did Iktomi predict about the following: Language Elders The Moon The Web Why didn’t people believe him? “Learn From” Questions How was I taught not to do certain things? Did storytelling play a role in my life?…

The Value of Generosity Oliver Gourd

“Learn About” Questions What role did hunting and gardens play in developing generosity? How does sharing and generosity improve relationships? Why is it important to not only share material things but also time? “Learn From” Questions How do I show generosity in my life? How did I learn to share in my life? How can…

Quasi-Sovereign with Oliver Gourd

“Learn About” Questions What are treaties? How are they different from policies? Why were the agreements between Native people and the US Government not kept? Why did land ownership create so many issues between Native people and the government? What does sovereign mean? What does it mean to be quasi-sovereign? What is a treaty tribe?…

Two Types of Education with Oliver Gourd

“Learn About” Questions What does the word “wasicu” mean in Dakota? How is wasicu education different from Dakota education? What are examples of Native ceremonies? What is a “sweat?” Who is the pipe carrier? Who is a healer? Who are the singers and drummers? Who is someone who knows about medicines and herbs? How are…

Francis Goes to the Clinic with Oliver Gourd

“Learn About” Questions Why are jokes used frequently in the Dakota culture? How do jokes help difficult situations become easier? “Learn From” Questions How is humor used in my family? What are some jokes or funny stories that are told over and over at my family gatherings or if not, why is humor not used?…

Lye Soap with Oliver Gourd

“Learn About” Questions What is a boarding school? Why were students not allowed to speak in their native languages? Why was soap used as a punishment? How was the soap made? Why was it important for the students to learn English? How does humor help a difficult situation? “Learn From” Questions Have I ever been…

There’s Always a Story with Oliver Gourd

“Learn About” Questions What is an “Indian Name?” When are these names given? Who gives the names? What is a sundance? Why might a name be given after a sundance? What does it mean to be given a song? “Learn From” Questions How did I get my full name? Are there stories that go with…

Just Listen with Oliver Gourd

“Learn About” Questions Why were stories told in the evenings? Why were stories told over and over even if they had been heard before? How does repetitiveness help us to learn? Why is it important to listen? “Learn From” Questions What are stories I remember having been told to me when I was a child?…