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Students share unique Native American field experience

Posted: August 8, 2017

Students are invited to learn about a unique, award-winning class with an enriching field experience component at an upcoming seminar on Monday, September 25, from 12:00-1:30 p.m., in the Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library.

The seminar will highlight students’ personal accounts of this cultural engagement and their developing perspectives on the ways of knowing of these Native Americans, the Ojibwe.

Instructors, Bruce Martin and Danna Seballos, and their students will describe their recent trip to the Red Lake, Leech Lake and Mille Lac Ojibwe nations located in northern Minnesota.  Formed from a unique relationship between Martin and Ojibwe leaders, this award-winning field experience brings students into native communities to participate in daily life with host families, take part in traditional ceremonies with medicine men and women, and learn about the history and culture of the Ojibwe from local native teachers.  Martin has led Penn State seminars in Ojibwe country for over 15 years and has an intimate understanding of the people and the culture, having grown up adjacent to the northernmost point of the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota.

Students interested in registering for the courses, CED 400 and 401, should meet with Bruce or Danna after the seminar, email makwahmartin@gmail.com, or go on-line at http://agsci.psu.edu/ojibwe for more information.  The course is open to students at all Penn State campuses.

CED 400 is the spring course designed to prepare students for an intensive engagement with Ojibwe culture.  CED 401 is the three-week field experience that offers intensive cultural engagement in Ojibwe communities. Students will take an active part in celebrations and ceremonies that are not generally open to visitors.