The Ways


The Ways is a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. This online educational resource expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

Discover more at theways.org.

  • Manoomin | The Ways

    Manoomin: Food That Grows on the Water follows Fred Ackley Jr. from the Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Mole Lake as he harvests and processes manoomin, or wild rice. He explores the importance of prayer and tradition for cultural survival.

    This video is part of The Ways, a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

    Discover more at theways.org.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Prayers in a Song | The Ways

    In Prayers in a Song: Learning Language through Hip-Hop, Tall Paul explores the connections between language, identity, and landscape.

    This video is part of The Ways, a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

    Discover more at theways.org.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Waadookodaading | The Ways

    Waadookodaading: Ojibwe Language Immersion School tells a story of resilience and revitalization. It shows how an Ojibwe immersion school integrates the tradition of sugaring into their curriculum and children speaking the language of their ancestors, Ojibwemowin.

    This video is part of The Ways, a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

    Discover more at theways.org.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Warriors Boxing | The Ways

    In Warriors Boxing: Fighting for Our People, Mark Daniels Jr. reflects on the strength and support he receives from the Forest County Potawatomi Warriors Club. He shares how lessons learned in the ring transfer to life as a father in his community.

    This video is part of The Ways, a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities. 

    Discover more at theways.org.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Spearfishing | The Ways

    Spearfishing: A Living History explores the tradition and practice of spearfishing through the eyes of Jason Bisonette, a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Jason wants to give his son Samuel an Ojibwe education so that he too can become a provider for his family and community.

    This video is part of The Ways, a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

    Discover more at theways.org.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Lady Thunderhawks | The Ways

    Jessica House, a senior and captain of the Lady Thunderhawks, explores how team membership affects her identity as a member of her community and the Oneida Nation. 

    This video is part of The Ways, a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

    Discover more at theways.org.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Clan Mother | The Ways

    In Clan Mother: Healing the Community, Molly Miller shares the importance of elders and her role as a clan mother in the healing of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican community, which she is a member of.

    This video is part of The Ways, a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

    Discover more at theways.org. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Hunting Deer | The Ways

    In Hunting Deer: Sharing the Harvest, Greg "Biskakone" Johnson takes us deer hunting in the ceded territory near his Lac du Flambeau community. Biskakone shows us how he tans buckskin to make traditional clothing and regalia. 

    This video is part of The Ways, a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

    Discover more at theways.org.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Language Apprentice | The Ways

    Arlene Blackdeer, a language apprentice for the Hoocak Waaziija Haci Language Division of the Ho-Chunk Nation, shares her experience and community's effort to bring back and revitalize the Ho-Chunk language.

    This video is part of The Ways, a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

    Discover more at theways.org.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Powwow Trail | The Ways

    In Powwow Trail: Keeping the Beat, Dylan Jennings shares a weekend of singing with Midnite Express and dancing at the Oneida Powwow. 

    This video is part of The Ways, a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

    Discover more at theways.org.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Lake Superior Whitefish | The Ways

    Lake Superior Whitefish: Carrying on a Family Tradition shares the story of the Petersons, a commercial fishing family in Hancock, Michigan.

    This video is part of The Ways, a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

    Discover more at theways.org.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Living Language | The Ways

    Living Language: Menominee Language Revitalization shares Ron Corn Jr.'s attempt to teach his daughter, Mimikwaeh, to be a first language speaker of the Menominee language.

    This video is part of The Ways,a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

    Discover more at theways.org.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Native Nations Map | The Ways

    The Native Nations map shows The Ways story locations and compares treaty lands, reservations, and Native population around the central Great Lakes. 

    This map is from The Ways, a series of language and culture stories from Native communities around the central Great Lakes that explores connections between traditional ways and those of today. The Ways expands and challenges current understanding of Native identity and communities.

    Discover more at theways.org.

    Grades: 6-12

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