TEK

WaYS offers students in grades 4-8 an opportunity to connect with Cultural Knowledge Sharers and western resource professionals after school.  Programs are offered through the Boys and Girls clubs, afterschool programs and at the Tribal recreation centers.  Programs vary with the students and the resource people’s interest and passion, but it is another way that we bring the concept of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) or “two eyed seeing” to our younger students.  A sampling of our program includes making bookmarks, painting using natural dyes, walks in the woods to identify plants and wildlife, learning about medicinal plants and their benefits, snowshoeing, archery to name just a few.

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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