“I love language lessons. I feel like I’ve messed up in every possible way you can but I’ve really enjoyed them. It has been really fun getting to learn it because it’s something I’ve never had the opportunity to do. Justin is so smart and Robert is hilarious and also very smart. They are both very good at encouraging us to learn the language. I was a little overwhelmed at first, but I look forward to going to them now. My favorite words are “debwewen” which means truth and “aspen” which means raccoon.” – Anna Korzeniewski
We played in a pickleball tournament at OBU.
We love playing with the pool table downstairs!
We were not able to be with our fathers on this day, but we were able to celebrate with our “House Dad” aka PLP Counselor Braden.
Tag Agency Department Session
Tribal members who live in Oklahoma are able to get vehicle tags for a fraction of the price that they would pay at a state DMV.
This week in Cultural Teaching, we learned a lot about the origins and traditional practices of smudging. We learned the significance behind the different medicines and what they are used for during ceremonies. We also learned about sweat lodges and the appropriation of native culture.
“This lesson helped me learn the origins of our tribe and the important traditions that have stemmed down from our ancestors. From smudging to sweat lodges, everything in our culture has meaning and purpose. This new knowledge helps me to appreciate and understand my prior knowledge of not only the traditions but the people around me that I love. Learning new things about my culture makes me excited to implement them into my everyday life away from Shawnee.” – Liberty Wolfe
We did a department session for Quail Ridge and were given a chance to try skeet shooting. We were also able to take a tour of the range and no one crashed a golf cart.
“I found a new hobby. I’ve shot hunting arcade games and I’ve shot a 22 before but never a shotgun. I felt very confident and powerful, being able to shoot the first one off the bat and I felt very powerful. I really enjoyed the range and I think it’s really cool that we are able to have that business on our land.” – Chloe Williams
We were able to learn some traditional dances before participating in Grand Entry. We partnered up for two step dancing and had a blast doing the Snake and Buffalo dance.
“I loved dancing in the Grand Entry. It’s something that everyone can do. I also had the opportunity to teach my family dances, and that was really special.” – Anna Korzeniewski
“It is cool to hear their different stories. I think that it’s important to have conversations with people that have a lot of life experience. It is really cool to know that the tribe takes care of people in their older years, and to know that they have a community and support system. It is great to see them happy that we’re there.” – Catherine Charnoky
“Talking circles would be a great way to do an ice breaking in the theater department, and it will be a great way to open up students and faculties.” – Chloe Williams
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