January 1, 2000 Issue 29 - Special Edition

Red Lake Elementary
by Garnet1654 from letters to "TurtleTracks" by the students at Red Lake Elementary


Ojibwe Culture
by the students of Ms Haller's 4th Grade
the following is a collection of essays written for TurtleTracks

Brandi:
Do you like powwows? I do. Sometimes I like dancing. My clan is the Bear. I don't have an Indian name, but I learn lots of Ojibwe. I like Mahnomen. I like seeing nice costumes that people dance in. My brother danced more than me. I went to a powwow with my cousin and we had fun. Sometimes I go to the powwows at the school. My Friend's like going to powwows and so do I, because you can dance and eat. I can wear nice costumes.

Leann:
I love powwows. It is fun. I have an Indian name. It is Bear. My sister is Bear too. Those Indians in the picture are happy. They are having fun in my picture. I like my story about the Indians. I like them because it makes me happy. I like the bird and the deer and the girls in my picture.

Emily:
My cousin was going to the powwow in Redlake. She said do you want to dance pow wow with me. I said no, I don't know how to dance pow wow. Then I started to dance pow wow with my cousin. We went to other pow wows to go dance just me and my little cousin Nikki. My mom made me and my cousin a new outfit to go and dance pow wow. I think that pow wows are pretty cool.

Starrlite:
In Redlake there are lots of clans. There are seven different clans. The Bear, Turtle, Catfish, Bird, Kingfisher, Eagle and Otter clans. Those are the seven clans of my Ojibwe culture. I belong to the Bear clan. There are medicine people in the Bear clan. The Bear helps their clans.

Sam:
I was going to school at Staples Elementary and for my fieldtrip I went to Paul Bunyon Fair. After the field trip we went to McDonalds. After we went on the fieldtrip, we went back to the Staples and my teacher gave us a candy bar. The day after me and my mom went to a football game and when we got back we went to bed.

Justin:
I was wild ricing with my grandma. We were in a small boat and hit the weeds with two sticks. We used a long stick for a paddle and we got the rice to fall in the boat with the two sticks. It is better on a calm day because you don't flip easy. It is easy to get the rice on a calm day and you only have to use a small stick. You have to use a long stick on a windy day.

Autumn
by the first grade at Red Lake Elementary

Autumn begins in September
The Ojibwe word for fall is
dagwaagin.
Many birds fly south.
The Ojibwe word for south is
zhaawanong.
In the fall we rake leaves,
play football, go trick or treating,
eat turkey, wild rice,
and carve pumpkins.

Red Lake Reservation
by the students in Ms Brown's 4th grade class
the following is a collection of essays written for TurtleTracks

Raven:
Red Lake is located in Beltrami County in northern Minnesota. It is near the Canadian border. Red Lake is the home of the Ojibwe Indians. We have a hospital with the nursing home for sick people. Dentist to fix teeth and for pulling teeth. We have 5 different towns. We have 2 different lakes.

Alicia:
Red Lake is located in Beltrami county in northern Minnesota. It is near the Canadian border. Red Lake is the home of the Ojibwe Indians. Red Lake has a lot of wild life and trees. We have modern homes and a police Dept. We have doctors and nurses. Red Lake has a group home and a foster home. Red Lake has a school. Red Lake has a casino. We have a post office. We have lots of jobs. Red Lake is a closed Reservation.

Brian:
Red Lake is located in Beltrami County in northern Minnesota. It is near the Canadian border. Red Lake is home of the Ojibwe Indians. In 1889 the chiefs went to Washington D.C. We have two big lakes that are used for fishing. We have school for our children. We have many stores, in the villages of, Redby, RedLake, and Ponemah. There are big and small animals that live in the trees. We have winter with snow and ice, some winters have rain. On July 4 we can have fire crackers. We have high school football and basketball and D.N.R. departments.

Steven:
Red Lake is located is in Beltrami county in Northern Minnesota. It is the home of the Ojibwe Indians. Red Lake has a police station for our law and we have our own courts. Red Lake has a casion for gambling. Red Lake has a DNR Services for our land. We have treaties because our chiefs made a land agreement in 1889.

Steven:
The Red Lake Reservation is in Beltrami county in northern Minnesota. It is near the Canadian border. Red Lake is the home of the Ojibwe Indians. We have lots of trees and two large lakes. We have a police station, DNR services and four different towns. We have a hospital and a nursing home and there are lots of jobs. The chiefs thought of having our Red Lake in 1889 and they went to Washington D.C. to make an agreement to form Red Lake Reservation. They wanted a special place for the Ojibwe Indians.

 

Red Lake Elementary
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Find out even more about Red Lake
Chronological History
http://www.redlakenation.org/history.html

Third Grade Student Alex tells us about the Ojibwe Clans



The Red Lake Clan System


by Alex


from

Mr. Eklund's Third Grade Class




The Kingfisher eats worms and fish.

They live in North America.


The Pine Marten Clan.

This is the warriors clan.

Martens are about two feet long.

They eat mice and squirrels.

They live in hollow trees.


The Eagle Clan

They have courage and spiritual knowledge.

Eagles make their nests high up in trees.

The female eagle is the largest.

They eat fish.



The Mink Clan

The mink is about 14 to 25 inches long.

They eat frogs, fish, mice and small birds.

Minks live in North America.



The Bullhead Clan (fish)

This clan has the teachers

This fish lives in lakes and rivers.

This fish eats worms, minnows and plants.



The Turtle Clan

Turtles have a hard shell on their back.

They lay their eggs in the sand.

They sleep under the frozen water.



Bear Clan

They are the enforcers and know about medicine.

Bear facts: They eat fish, bugs, honey and berries.

 

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