2018-2019 Workshops

2018 - 2019 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:

Workshop #1: December 8, 2018.  We will be creating Rain Sticks.  Genot Picor - Evoyageur will be speaking and teaching the students how to create music with them.  He will start the workshop with a smudging.

Workshop #2:  March 23rd.  Field trip! Pow Wow at CMU.

Workshop #3: June 1st.  We will be decorating and learning to play flutes.


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



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.



           CMU POW WOW


Pow Wows are the Native American people's way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing  old friendships, and making new ones.  Pow Wows are one of the best ways to experience Native American culture. 

Dances have always been a very important part of the life of the American Indian.  Most dances seen at powwows today are social dances which might have had different meanings in earlier days.  Although dance styles and content have changed, their meaning and importance has not.  The outfits worn by the dancers like the styles of clothing today has evolved over time, it is not a stagnant culture, but a vibrant and changing way of life.