The three-part course is to be held in Room 213 at the University Center Campus of Northwestern Michigan College on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. beginning October 17.
Taught by Carrie Leaureaux (Odaawe-Ojibwe-Wemtigosh), Lead Anishnaabemwonin Instructor for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, this three-part course explores the culture and language of Anishinaabek people.
The first session covers traditional culture, views, beliefs and ceremonies. Topics included Smudging, Sweat Lodge, Ghost Suppers and Rites of Passage, to name just a few.
In the second session, participants learn greetings, common words and common questions in Anishinaabemowin (traditional Native language). Anishinaabemowin is spoken by the Council of Three Fires Tribes--Odaawe (Ottawa), Ojibwe (Chippewa) and Bodwe'aadimi (Potawatomi).
It is believed by Elders that in order to truly understand Anishinaabek (Native) culture, one must learn Anishinaabemowin (Native language).
Leaureaux wraps-up the course in the third session by exploring the Seven Grandfather Teachings, Medicine Wheel, Anishinaabe stories and what it means to "Walk in Two Worlds."
In addition to teaching at NMC and her duties at GTBOCI, Leaureaux also co-organized a community-wide Anishinaabek culture and language camp last summer. A mother and grandmother, she has taught cultural sensitivity classes for the Grand Traverse Resort, Munson Health Care and Leelanau Sands and Turtle Creek Casinos.
Those wishing to attend the course still have an opportunity to attend by registering by phone (231) 995-1700 or online by clicking here.