Archive | August, 2011
31 Aug


Anishinabe Performance Circle

Hey kids, lets get artsy! This coming Tuesday (September 6) marks the first day for ourAnishinabe Performance Circleclasses. Its time to start asking your parents if you can sign up! Don’t miss out on your chance to learn the arts of the Anishinabe people. Let your creativity flow through six different historic dances, storytelling, music, and language that has been passed down for generations. This 12-week certification program is open to beginner and experienced dancers. Join us at theZiibiwingCenter, where we make learning fun!


The Education of American Indians 15,000 Years Ago

24 Aug

Hey Kids! Did you know that for over 15,000 years the Indigenous people ofNorth Americaeducated themselves in their own communities by giving respect and learning about the land, plant, animal life, and their languages. Back then the children didn’t have classrooms. They were taught through their homes and families. Parents and grandparents taught the young children through story-telling and ceremonies that had been passed down through generations.

 The American Indians developed skills that helped them thrive in both work and leisure time. Through these skills, they developed medicines that covered a broad spectrum of body pains, such as stomach aches, joint and muscle pain, and arthritis. The Indigenous people also thrived by becoming one with the land. They developed techniques that would help them grow the necessary foods. These techniques consisted of irrigation, soil enrichment and terrace farming. But the learning didn’t stop there. The American Indians also taught themselves how to build. They created three different types of housing structures called: the long house, the wigwam, and the pueblo. 

 Can you imagine what life would have been like back then without going to school? It probably would have been much more difficult, but the plus side is there would be no homework!

Three Sisters – Corn, Beans, and Squash

17 Aug

The Anishinabek people learned that by planting corn, beans and squash together they would all three grow better than if they were planted separately.  This practice is now known as “companion planting” or polyculture farming. These three crops became very important to our people as a supplement to our diet of fish, game and what we could gather. Our ancestors would use all of the parts of the corn plant to make things such as dolls, bags, and baskets.

These crops have been around for thousands of years and have given our ancestors the nutrients needed to have a well balanced meal.  But did you know that popcorn, just like what you get at the movie theater, comes from corn? The kernels that surround the ear of corn (when heated) are what make fluffy popcorn. This means that popcorn has been a food item in theAmericasfor a very long time.  Radio carbon dating on ears of popcorn found in West Central New Mexico indicated that they were at least 5,600 years old.  NearMexico Citya popcorn pollen fossil was discovered 200 feet below the ground.  This pollen was radio carbon dated and is approximately 80,000 years old!

Now next time you sit down to watch a movie and you have a steaming bowl of buttery popcorn, impress your family with this fun fact and blow their minds!

Have You Met Mr. Mishiike Yet?

10 Aug

The Ziibiwing Center’s new mascot, Mr. Mishiike, made his debut last week at NativeFest. If you took your picture with Mr. Mishiike at NativeFest you can visit to download it for FREE!

Here are some pictures of Mr. Mishiike last week at NativeFest:


Check Out NativeFest’s Music & Comedy Entertainers!

3 Aug

Tomorrow, August 4, the Ziibiwing Center will feature its’ Music & Comedy Night from 6-9pm. Make sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the musical stylings of Kelly Jackson and Mawla Shawana. Then, laugh to an hour-long live comedic performance by Don Burnstick. This family-friendly event includes FREE food, FREE kids’ sports bouncers, FREE face painting and balloon animals, $5 caricatures, and much more!!

Get a glimpse of each performer by checking out the videos below!

Kelly Jackson:

Mawla Shawana:

Don Burstick: