Indigenous Culture (10+ Years)

This course will focus on Indigenous storytelling, oral tradition and literature across Turtle Island (North America). Students will be exposed to traditional and contemporary stories and examine themes in relation to Indigenous worldview, culture, history and current events.

Course will be one hour per week for 12 weeks. Students will have interactive experience by participating in story (listening, re-enacting, telling and recording through art) and opportunities for experiential learning throughout the week.

Course Structure

  • Week 1: Introduction to Indigenous worldview and oral tradition.
    Students will begin to explore the questions “Who am I? and What are my stories?”
  • Week 2: Creation Stories.
    We will explore wampum, create a representation of wampum and explore Original Treaties.
  • Week 3: Creation Stories.
    We will have an introduction to the importance of Indigenous languages and examine what territory we are on and whose stories are present locally.
  • Week 4: What is storytelling? Why is it important?
    Students will understand the purpose of story and pick a story to share with the class through oral re-telling or artistic representation.
  • Week 5: Stories that teach us – History.
    We will examine 1-2 historical stories and share our own historical story.
  • Week 6: Stories that teach us – Values.
    Students will explore the 7 Grandfathers and pick one to share in a visual format.
  • Week 7: Stories that teach us – Who are we?
    Students will make a story wheel to tell their own story.
  • Week 8: Contemporary Stories.
    The following two classes will explore media, music, art, social media and short films as ways that youth share contemporary stories.
  • Week 9: Contemporary Stories.
    These two classes will explore media, music, art, social media and short films as ways that youth share contemporary stories.
  • Week 10: Novel Study.
    The following two classes will be novel studies/book talks on a book of choice. Students will have three books to choose from and will explore themes together.
  • Week 11: Novel Study.
    These two classes will be novel studies/book talks on a book of choice. Students will have three books to choose from and will explore themes together.
  • Week 12: Wrap up.
    Telling our own stories. Students will present their own story as prepared throughout the course through artistic expression (art, media, presentation, oral re-telling, etc.).

Course Details

  • Start Date: TBC
  • Course Duration: 12 weeks
  • Teaching Format: 1 hour live classes, each week
  • Age range: From 10+
  • Class size: Maximum of 10.

To pre-register your interest for this course, please complete this form.

Meet Your Teacher

Kelly O’nahkwi:yo Maracle

Kanien’;kehá:ka

Turtle Clan

Pronouns:She/Her

Kelly Maracle is a Mohawk woman and a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Kelly has worked in Indigenous education for the past 17 years and is currently the Indigenous Student Support and Engagement teacher with the LDSB. She is completing her M.Ed in Indigenous Education at Queen’s University. Kelly lives with her family on Wolfe Island, Canada, and is a traditional hand drummer/singer.