Monday, May 08, 2017
2017 getting ready for the summer season "Nuga"
My third group is from the 6th,7th & 8th grades, here are just a couple of them showing off their mushroom gathering skills. We have an Outdoor Classroom and a small wooded area that we walked though and in twenty minutes they came up with quite a few of them. I told them first we have to stand in the timber maybe say a prayer acknowledge the earth and all the living things around them. Then I told them to walk slowly and look for the mushrooms, find one and there could always be another. I told them the deer like them too so lets not take all of them leave the small ones and let them grow. I try my best to teach this group the importance of their language that we only have about ten fluent speakers left. I greet them in Omaha asking them how are they doing and they answer back in Omaha and ask me how am I doing. They are the hardest to keep engaged I am always looking for new ways to reach out to them. We work on Tipi's and other art projects that are culturally significant. We grew, harvested and braided Sweetgrass.
Mushrooms picked right out back next to our Outdoor Classroom.