Blackfeet Classes Held in Snow

May 15th, 1996 | By | Category: 8-1: Governance, Tribal College News

The Blackfeet Community College moved its classes to the traditional setting of the Ami Skapi Pukuni (Southern Blackfeet) during the second week of May. The event known as Blackfeet Days began after many students asked about Plains Indian culture before contact with non-Natives. College President Carol Tatsey-Murray says by presenting classes each spring in a traditional, outdoor Blackfeet setting, the college helps bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary educational methods and content.

In the lodges of the Blackfeet, students took classes such as computer operations, college success skills, essay writing, public speaking, and federal Indian policy. In addition to the regular subjects, students also took classes on ancestral topics, such as philosophy, tipi etiquette, language, dry meat cutting, decision making, sacred circles, and leadership. Evening entertainment included presentations on men and women’s wellness, a stickgame challenge between the college and tribal employees, and the debut of Charcoal Productions, the college’s first performing arts troupe.

The week culminated in a traditional pow wow featuring the re-emergence of the woman’s headdress transfer. A seasonable storm left the encampment of four lodges and dancing arbor covered in six inches of snow.

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