2016 - 2017 Workshops

2016 – 2017 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 will be held three times per year at Cheyenne Elementary School, 47600 Heydenreich Rd., Macomb, MI 48044

Our workshops for this school year are:

Due to a shortage of materials we have rescheduled the Drums for March 18, 2017 workshop.

Saturday, December 10, 2016          Drums     Dream Catchers
Saturday, January 28, 2017              Moccasins
Saturday, March 18, 2017                 Drums.

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

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

Dream Catchers


Dream catchers originated with the Chippewa but other tribes have adopted the custom. Small dream catchers were hung on cradle-boards so infants would have good dreams. Other sizes were hung in lodges so all would have good dreams. Good dreams pass through the hole in the center while bad dreams are caught in the web and are destroyed by the morning light.P






Our January workshop was a great success! Students and their families learned about the history of moccasins and got a chance to make and decorate a pair of their own moccasins! All American Indian moccasins were originally made of soft leather stitched together with sinew. Moccasin 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. In some tribes hardened rawhide was used for the sole for added durability, and in others rabbit fur was used to line the leather moccasins for added warmth. For more information on moccasins, please check out the links below:






Hand Drums


The drum is a powerful instrument. Indigenous people throughout Turtle Island refer to it as the heartbeat of Mother Earth. It is used in many spiritual and sacred ceremonial practices. Some say the beat of the drum has the power to change natural elements, including the weather. It is believed to have the power to heal sickness, and some believe it has the power to send messages both to the animal world and to the spirit world.

Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux holy man made famous by John Neihardt’s book Black Elk Speaks, offers this perspective: “Since the drum is often the only instrument used in our sacred rites, I should perhaps tell you here why it is especially sacred and important to us. It is because the round form of the drum represents the whole universe, and its steady strong beat is the pulse, the heart, throbbing at the center of the universe. It is the voice of Wakan Tanka (Great Spirit), and this sound stirs us and helps us to understand the mystery and power of all things.”