Students Create Anishinabe Books

May 4th, 2012 | By | Category: 23-4: Investing in Education, Empowering Tribal Communities, Tribal College News
By Mary DeLine

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC, Baraga, MI) early childhood education majors Adrianna Cadeau, Jessica Carlson, and Ashley Soli created children’s books based on traditional Anishinabe stories as their final project in a children’s literature course.

They created illustrations using a variety of media, including handcrafts, photography, and digital imaging. The project ties together what the students learned about text, illustrations, cultural traditions, and making a presentation interesting to children.

Students researched traditional stories from Ojibwa and other Native American cultural traditions. They re-told the stories using literary and educational principles to make them age-appropriate and engaging for specific age levels. Adrianna Cadeau commented that it was an interesting and worthwhile project.

Jessica Carlson presented her story at the KBOCC Pre-Primary Program’s Native American Heritage Night as a flannel-board story. The children loved placing the flannel characters on the board. “It was a wonderful experience!” says Carlson.

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