Celebrating Indigenous Stories in Our Community

All students and their families are warmly invited to the inaugural ‘Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Fair’ at Hopkins High School on Saturday, May 19 from 12-3 pm. HEF’s grant will assist the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee to host this celebration of the native cultures represented by Hopkins students.

Students will be encouraged to collect stamps in a ‘learning passport’ from several experiential learning opportunities. Activities will include the history behind the game of lacrosse and a mini lesson, the creation of an Ojibwa Bandolier bag, and many others. Students can turn in their ‘passport’ for an age-appropriate book from acclaimed Native authors, purchased from Birchbark Books, the South Minneapolis Native bookstore owned by acclaimed author Louise Erdich. Participants will have a chance to build connections and community while celebrating Minnesota’s indigenous peoples and heritage. As part of the grant, these books will also be purchased as permanent additions to the Hopkins school libraries.

Awarded Spring 2018
Submitter: Allegra Smisek

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