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Are you seeking to deepen your understanding of indigenous perspectives and incorporate them into your teaching routines and curriculum? Traditional practices such as ceremonies, drumming, dance, and art play a vital role in Native American communities, fostering spiritual connection, healing, and cultural revitalization. Join Naomi Louise for this hands-on, interactive workshop and discover the traditions, lifeways and cultural significance of various aspects of Native American life in Minnesota and beyond. Get ready to embark on a journey to uncover the timeless wisdom of Native American communities! Naomi’s expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion will provide you with the resources you need to engage in traditional crafts or cooking, share traditional stories and their cultural significance, explore an online exhibit highlighting traditional practices and artifacts, and design a sustainable agriculture project inspired by traditional farming methods. 
This is workshop two of six for the series titled “Honoring Our Roots: Exploring the Cultural Heritage and Contributions of Minnesota Tribal Nations.” 

Key Takeaways: 

  1. Gain insights into the traditional practices and lifeways of Native American communities in Minnesota and surrounding regions, including their cultural significance and contemporary relevance. 
  2. Learn strategies for respectfully integrating indigenous perspectives into your teaching practice and curriculum, honoring the wisdom and resilience of Native American peoples. 
  3. Explore resources and partnerships for collaborating with local tribal communities to incorporate authentic cultural experiences and perspectives into your classroom instruction.  
  4. Reflect on your own cultural biases and assumptions and consider how to approach teaching about Native American lifeways in a respectful, accurate, and meaningful way. 

Workshop Details: 

While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on demand and earn up to six continuing education credits. 

Special Technology Instructions: 

Attendees will need access to an internet-enabled device and a personal Google account (not affiliated with their school). SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop.  


Participants will create a Native American craft or cooking recipe to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning.  

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