Native American Unit Study: Ojibwe Nation

Ticia asked for me to do a post collecting all my Ojibwe posts into one place.  So here it is: Native American Unit Study The First Native American People: Mapping the Area The First Native American People: Appreciating the Tribal Differences The First Native Americans: Presenting the Information Native American Unit Week 1- The Birchbark House: Neebin (Summer) Native American…

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Native American Unit Week 4- The Birchbark House: Zeegwun (Spring)

The Birchbark House is book one of a four series set of books about a young, Ojibwe girl called Omakayas: This first book is separated into four sections – the four seasons of the year.  Each chapter we read we find much to talk about and learn about.  In addition there are many parts of the…

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Ojibwe Pictographs Homeschool Lesson

Have you ever wanted to learn more about ancient writings? This is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the beautiful Ojibwe pictographs in this comprehensive homeschool lesson. We had already been introduced to Native American pictographs by Lillie. She had previously researched communication between the different tribes and during her presentation on the same subject:…

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Ojibwe Calender

The world, according to Ojibwe legend, was created when muskrat brought mud from the bottom of the flood to be placed on turtle’s back. The resulting island which formed from the mud was known as Turtle Island (now Northern America): Source If you look at the shell of any turtle in North America you will…

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Native American Unit Week 3- The Birchbark House: Biboon (Winter)

The Birchbark House is book one of a four series set of books about a young, Ojibwe girl called Omakayas: This first book is separated into four sections – the four seasons of the year.  Each chapter we read we find much to talk about and learn about.  In addition there are many parts of the…

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Art Study – Ojibwe Birch Bark Biting

Birchbark biting was mentioned briefly in the Birch Bark House as an activity which was done over the winter months to pass the time.  Birch bark biting, otherwise known as Mazinibaganjigan, is an ancient folk art.  One of the oldest forms of aboriginal art, it is practiced among the Ojibwe, Odawa, Cree and other Algonquian peoples for…

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Native American Unit Week 2- The Birchbark House: Dagwaging (Fall)

The Birchbark House is book one of a four series set of books about a young, Ojibwe girl called Omakayas: This first book is separated into four sections – the four seasons of the year.  Each chapter we read we find much to talk about and learn about.  In addition there are many parts of the…

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Introducing the Ojibwe People

We have spent a little over a week familiarising ourselves with the Ojibwe people.  As well as access to their computers, the children had a couple of Ojibwe factual books: In addition I spent an hour or so each day reading from these two books: The Birchbark house is a fiction book written by Loiuse Erdrich.  Erdrich…

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How to Make Native American Ojibwe Dolls Clothes

The premise of this study is to create a Ojibwe family, a birch bark house for them to live in and all the Ojibwe bits and bobs to go with a lifestyle congruent with the Ojibwe tribe.  The first thing we did was attempt to make a wigwam from twigs and fake Birchbark.  I'll reveal…

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Ojibwe Oral Tradition

The oral tradition of passing down stories to the next generation is incredibly important to the Native Americans.  In the past it was the main way they kept their traditions alive.  Treuer, author of Living our Language states, 'A language carries a people's memories, whether they are recounted as individual reminiscences, as communal history, or…

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