LPTC Comparing Mayan Culture with Ho-Chunk

Nov 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 13-2: The Power of Partnerships, Tribal College News

Multi-culturalism is a well-known buzzword amongst educators these days. The faculty members at Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) in Winnebago, NE, are no exception. Partnering with faculty at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Omaha, NE, the two schools are comparing the ancient Mayan civilization of the Yucatan and Central America to Nebraska’s Winnebago or Ho-Chunk people. The Ho-Chunk once lived in the states of Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The purpose of the project is to globalize the curriculum at both institutions. The project will introduce a Spanish language curriculum at LPTC and enhance the Spanish language curriculum at MCC. Participants will look at contemporary issues of the Mayan and Winnebago cultures.

Over the past two years, faculty members from LPTC and MCC have participated in monthly faculty development sessions featuring guest speakers, study circles, audio conferences, research at local museums, retreats, and independent study of library resources from the Internet, journals, and other literary resources. They are designing new and modified curriculum reflecting the comparative research of Ho-Chunk/Mayan cultures. It will be used at both schools across the curriculum, including American Indian studies, art, environmental sciences, geography, mathematics, psychology, respiratory therapy and allied health fields, sociology, Spanish, and visual communication. All faculty at LPTC and MCC as well as at other area institutions will be encouraged to participate in the series and globalize their curriculum.

In the first year of the project the participants traveled to the Yucatan. A trip is planned to Belize and Northern Guatemala for the second year. The trips are recorded with video and still photography. This project capitalizes on some of the most talented educators, archaeologists, and historians in the United States and South America. For more information and photos of the exchange trips, see the college website at <www.lptc.cc.ne.us>.

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