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Dakota Datebook: Teachings of Our Elders

Dakota Datebook: Teachings of Our Elders narratives assign meaning to Indigenous values, as told by Indigenous people.

This series is part of the North Dakota Native American Essential Understandings developed by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Educators Scott Simpson and Sharla Steever drew these Dakota Datebooks from elder interviews. More resources are available on the website.

  • North Dakota Native American Essential Understanding, number two, is about learning and storytelling. It states, "Traditional teaching and the passing on of knowledge and wisdom was done through storytelling, song, ceremony and daily way of life.
  • Hear Debbe Poitra, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, share a bit about the importance of storytelling in the Michif culture and how those stories help to express important ideas, values, and the history of a people.
  • In this episode of Dakota Datebook's Teaching of our Elders series, we'll hear Gladys Hawk, elder and educator, who was an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, share a bit about the importance of reciprocity with the land as we use its natural resources.
  • In this first episode of our new Dakota Datebook series, "Teachings of our Elders," we'll hear Dr. Wayne Fox, educator and enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nation share a bit about helping students develop a deeper relationship with the land around them.

Dakota Datebook: Teachings of Our Elders is produced with support from and in collaboration with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.