Native American Heritage at Minnesota –Indigenous Games & Movement
In celebration of Native American Heritage month, the MTCS Indigenous program coordinator arranged two wonderful experiences for MTCS K-12 students.
Dr. Dan Ninham brought Indigenous games, movement and activities to the schools. The spirit of nature and Native American practice and culture was at the heart of many of the activities. Students did things like paddling a canoe across the gym floor, which involved feet pulling bodies along, arms paddling to the side of their bodies, tossing rings over cones, wearing cones on their backs like a turtle shell, chasing each other around the gym—some students as lizards with a cloth tail the other students whose work was to get their tails, and other activities.
Dr. Dan used a loon call whistle to bring students back together. Students not only experienced a bit of Native American culture, but got to move their bodies and enjoy time together.