Friday, October 26, 2007
Today we were visited by Mike Zimmerman, a member of the Potawatomi tribe. It was wonderful to be able to hear about Native American culture, both in the past and the present. The children had lots of questions about Mike's traditional dress and examples of language. Even though we are studying the Ojibwe people, the similarities between the two tribes made the talk interesting to all of us.
Mike Alber (from my room) and Parker (from Elaine's room) were chosen to ask questions we wrote yesterday:
What age would Native American children learn how to hunt?
What is like to be part of your tribe?
What kind of houses do Native American people live in now?
Do you have a Potawatomi name?
How did the Potawatomi survive the winter? How would they find food?
About how long did it take to build a wigwam?
How do you say, "I love you" in Potawatomi?
Do you use any plants to do things like sewing?
If wigwam is not a potawatomi word, how would you say it in Potawatomi?
Did they make puppets, like marionettes, out of birch bark and vines?
Iwgwien, Mike Zimmerman! (Thank you)