Indigenous Knowledge

WaYS offers native youth an opportunity to connect with Cultural Knowledge Sharers (CKS) and western resource professionals in programs in-school and after school. Some programs are offered through tribal elementary schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, and at Tribal recreation centers. Programs are guided by student and CKS interests. 


This is another way that we bring the concept of Indigenous Knowledge or “two eyed learning” to our students.  A sampling of our school-related program topics include 

  • painting using natural dyes
  • medicinal plant identification and use
  • snowshoeing
  • archery
  • shelter building
  • tool and basket making
  • outdoor orientation
  • animal tracking
  • animal hide tanning
  • ceramics
  • making cordage
  • beading
  • birch bark and carving arts
  • seaweed harvesting
  • wild blueberry products

I think the camps are important because I can sit by the fire and listen to the community members sing and drum, learning about the history that I didn’t know the knowledge of before.
– WaYS high school student at earth camp