Cultural Education Days provides invaluable experience to community children

About 810 students, teachers and chaperones attended the annual Cultural Education Days on our Dowagiac campus this September. They came from Eastside Connections (Niles), Howard (Niles), Kincheloe (Dowagiac), Sam Adams (Cassopolis), River School (Sodus), Lincoln (South Haven), South Walnut (Bangor), and Moccasin (Buchanan). The Language & Culture and Education Departments collaborated to bring this two-day event to our community.

Participants rotated between six workshops about Native history led by Director of Language & Culture Marcus Winchester and Language Specialist Kyle Mallott, turtles with Natural Resources Manager Vic Bogosian, medicine wheel teachings with Education Associates Donald Sumners and Autumn Laraway, fire keeping with citizen Jefferson Ballew IV and Educational Resource Specialist Kristie Bussler, water teachings with citizen Barbara Ann Warren, and language learning with the Language Program staff Rhonda Purcell, Carla Collins, and Kyle Mallott.

Attendees ate lunch together and participated in a mini pow wow. Ribbon Town drummed, Donald Sumners emceed, and Sterling Big Bear, Madalene Big Bear, Prettyrock BigBear, Madalene BigBear, Trish Williams, Barbara Ann Warren, Jefferson Ballew III, Jefferson Ballew IV, and Marcus Winchester danced.