WCLIS Students Share Cultural Knowledge

May 15th, 2012 | By | Category: 23-4: Investing in Education, Empowering Tribal Communities, Tribal College News
By Rebecca Bishop

Recently, Dodson Public Schools invited White Clay Language Immersion School’s (WCLIS) eighth grade students to give a presentation on language and cultural activities to junior high students.

Eighth graders Jaidyn Bishop, Anita Bentley, and Mari Ereaux were joined by White Clay alumni Wozek Chandler and Samantha Werk. The A’ani speakers/teachers taught Dodson students nouns, verbs, and commands using a variety of teaching methods they learned from their A’ani language teacher, Sean Chandler.

The WCLIS students then shared the history and teachings of Native stick games to the students. “I appreciate the opportunity Superintendent Dolly Ann Wilcut and teacher Wendy Hopkins provided for us to collaborate once again,” says director of WCLIS, Dr. Lynette Chandler. “Our alumni and current eighth graders are excellent speakers and teachers of our A’ani language and we are so pleased we can reach out and share our knowledge with area school children.”

During Native American Week, the WCLIS students participated in several activities hosted by the Aaniiih Nakoda College, including the Moccasin Mile Run/Walk in which third grader Miguel Guzman was the overall winner. The students blessed the food at the naming ceremony on Wednesday and held a mini-stick game tournament, which Team Neeth won. Players on the winning team included Caitlyn Ironman, Serena Chandler, Cecelia Helgeson, Miguel Guzman, Amari Stanley, and Ithey Heck.

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