Cultural Values and Respecting Elders with Jesse Cree

“Learn About” Questions What is the difference between “values” and “expectations”? Why are elders so important to the Turtle Mountain Community? “Learn From” Questions What values was I brought up with? Who taught me those values? Are values taught to me in school? What challenges do I encounter that make it difficult to honor the…

Birchbark Scrolls and Life’s Purpose with Jesse Cree

“Learn About” Questions What are birchbark scrolls? Why is important to understand one’s purpose in life? How does culture guide life’s purpose? “Learn From” Questions How do my family or my teachers help to support me through challenges? Who are the people in my life who teach me about expectations and spirituality? What does success…

Turtle Mountain Creation Story with Jesse Cree

“Learn About” Questions Can animals still be called on to help humans? How could that happen? In what ways could animals assist? What are some other examples of Creation stories from other cultures? “Learn From” Questions What have you found to be true and useful in old stories you have heard? Can you think of…

Tribal Stories and Family Stories with Jesse Cree

“Learn About” Questions What does the word mythological imply? Would it be more appropriate to call origin and other stories oral narratives rather than myths, tales, or legends? Protocol may be involved in storytelling: tobacco is offered to a grandfather who usually tells the stories.) What cultural concepts can be found in storytelling? Why is…

What’s in a Name? with Jesse Cree

“Learn About” Questions Why do some people feel that “names” are important? What is the significance of the names in the Cree culture? In Catholic faith? “Learn From” Questions What does my name signify for me? Did I ever wish that I had a different name? Why? Do I have any nicknames that I prefer…

Sacred Organizations with Carol Davis

“Learn About” Questions What is a yuwipi ceremony? Why was it so important for Carol and her colleagues to get their tribal college started? “Learn From” Questions Have I ever had to go the extra mile to accomplish a goal? What hurdles did I have to overcome? What steps did I take to achieve it?…

Flying First Class with Carol Davis

“Learn About” Questions What leadership qualities are demonstrated in the story about Carol? Is storytelling a powerful learning tool? Why? What protocol is there for storytelling in some cultures? “Learn From” Questions Who are the “movers and shakers” in your community? Are you a leader? Would you aspire to become a change-maker?

Helping Students Succeed with Carol Davis

“Learn About” Questions What are the barriers to completing college? What is “culture shock?” Is obtaining a college degree an important factor to success? Explain. “Learn From” Questions Have you ever experienced “culture shock?” Have you ever been far from home with little support around you? How did you deal with that? Recall the first…