Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Wisconsin First Nations American Indian Studies recently published a series of videos with lesson plans called Ogichidaa Storytellers.
According to the Wisconsin First Nations website, Ogichidaa means “warrior,” and the series tells six different stories of the Anishinaabe (also known as Ojibwe or Chippewa) people’s struggle to maintain treaty rights for hunting, fishing, and gathering in ceded territories in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.
The series and corresponding lesson plans were created by the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Each video in the series provides perspectives from Anishinaabe people currently working to remember the history of tribal nations who survived the trauma of racism and hatred over so many years. From treaty challenges to fishing on Lake Superior to the Healing Circle Run as an act of solidarity, students and teachers in grades 6-12 can view, discuss, and learn about the historical and present-day ramifications of the role federal government has played in upholding treaty agreements.
Lesson plans for each video include:
- A video summary
- Student enduring understandings
- Video content questions
- Suggested activities
Along with the new Ogichidaa Storytellers series, the Wisconsin First Nations website has many other free teaching and learning materials available for educators.
For more information:
- Discover additional educational videos, teacher resources, lesson plans, and learning tools: Wisconsin First Nations Education: American Indian Studies in Wisconsin
- Find support in the implementation of curricular requirements in the areas of American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty: Wisconsin DPI American Indian Studies Program website
- Attend an upcoming learning opportunity on implementing American Indian Studies and Wisconsin Act 31: Professional Learning Opportunities
- Learn about additional training and professional development opportunities on American Indian studies and education: Calendar of Events
- Learn more about the American Indian Nations and tribal communities of Wisconsin: Tribal Nations of Wisconsin