2015 - 2016 Workshops

2015 - 2016  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 48044.  

Our workshops for this school year are:

Saturday, November 14, 2015              Sand Painting
Saturday, January 23, 2016                  Rain Sticks
Saturday, March 19, 2016                     Corn husk Shuttlecock Game
Saturday, May 14, 2016                        Field Trip to Ziibiwing Center,
                                                               Mt. Pleasant. MI

We have two sessions 
9:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm.

Space is limited.  Please call Maria Chisholm at 586-723-2031 or email me at mchisholm@cvs.k12.mi.us  to register.


Sand Painting

 Navajo Sand Painting (1)

Sand painting of southwestern Native Americans (the most famous of which are the Navajo), the Medicine Man paints loosely upon the ground of a hogan, where the ceremony takes place, by letting the colored sands flow through his fingers with control and skill.  The paintings are  for healing purposes only.  Many of them contain images of Yeibicheii (the Holy People). While creating the painting,  the medicine man will chant, asking the Yeibicheii to come into the painting and help heal the patient.  The patient will be asked to sit on the sand painting as the medicine man proceeds with the healing chant.  Sitting on the sand painting helps the patient to absorb spiritual power, while in turn the Holy People will absorb the illness and take it away.  Afterward, when the sand painting has done its duty, it is considered to be toxic, since it has absorbed the illness; for this reason, the painting is destroyed.  Because of the sacred nature of the ceremonies, the sand paintings are begun, finished, used, and destroyed within a 12 hour period. 




Rain Stick

Rain stick

Rain sticks are rattles made from dried hollowed out cactus sections. Thorns or seeds from the cactus are placed inside the hollow stem of the cactus and sealed inside. When the rain stick is turned upside down it creates a gentle rainfall sound. Origin of the rain stick is unclear but can be found today in different indigenous cultures including Africa, Central and South America, and in the United States desert regions. Rain sticks are used in prayer ceremonies to bring about rain and thunderstorms. The rain stick is also used as a musical instrument.



Corn-husk Shuttlecock Game


The Zuni play with shuttlecocks made of corn husk, stuck with feathers, batted with the hand.  The game is called Kwaitusiwikut among the Piman Natives of Arizona, where the children sometimes amuse themselves by tossing into the air corncobs in which from one to three feathers have been stuck.  In the Kwakiutl game of 'Quemal', two or more usually play; if there are many players, they stand in a ring.  They throw always to the right and in front of the body, and the one who lasts the longest without missing wins.





                                   Ziibiwing Center, Mt. Pleasant MI

This amazing cultural center is located on the Chippewa Indian    Reservation in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Our guided tour will lead us
 in the footsteps of our ancestors from ancient times to the present day.

Also, we will enjoy a special dance performance, as well as a live bird presentation.  Children will enjoy activities, door prizes and more.