Indian Education Grant Consortium
2008 - 2009 Workshops
Our workshops are activities that recognize and support the unique cultural and educational needs of Indian children and incorporate qualified tribal elders and seniors. They are held four times per year at Cheyenne Elementary School, 47600 Heydenreich Rd., Macomb, MI.
To the Sioux, a horse was a trusted friend - one he relied on in battle, during hunts and for transportation. Each horse was given his own specific markings, medicine bundles, feathers and special markings for counting coup (Any blow struck against the enemy counted as a coup). When a horse died an honoring stick was made and carried in ceremony to honor him.
The horse Society Dance is still performed today.
|Dream catchers are arts and crafts of the Native American people. The night air is filled with dreams. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers. The slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. They cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises and evaporates them like the morning dew.|
Native Americans played with Snow Snakes on frozen lakes during the winter months. Snow Snakes, made out of wood, were about a meter in length with the head of a snake carved at one end. Native Americans would race their Snow Snakes against each other to see which snake would travel the fastest and the farthest. Men would build courses into the snow and ice. Some of the tracks could be up to a mile long.
American Indian Moccasins were made of soft leather stitched together with sinew. Though the basic construction of Native American moccasins were similar throughout North America, patterns were subtly different in nearly every tribe and Indian people could often tell each other's tribal affiliation simply from the design of their shoes.
To Contact Us:
Chippewa Valley Schools
19120 Cass Avenue
Facilitator, Indian Education Grant Program