at the Wakina Sky Learning Center are learning about the various
aspects of the sacred hoop, which has been a part of American Indian
life and history for centuries.
students over the next nine months will collectively build a representation
of a sacred hoop and focus on monthly themes: Balance, Responsibility,
Compassion, Humility, Kindness and Generosity, Honesty, Loyalty
and Giving and Respect.
that's not all; while tribal governing philosophies over the past
two centuries have primarily focused on dealing with what's been
dealt to them, Wakina Sky students will be learning how to holistically
plan for their own futures.
Wakina Sky Learning Center is an after-school program aimed at enhancing
the development of enrolled children's social, emotional and academic
far, the students have learned about taking care of their bodies
by exercising, dieting and other aspects of how they live, said
Carol Mason, executive director.
addition, she said, students are learning about their minds
active thoughts, meditation and how thoughts take on a life of their
the students meditate, their faces scrunch up and they wiggle because
it's so hard for them to sit still for five minutes," said Mason.
activities include learning about the various types of animals that
various tribes have historically used to represent tribal philosphies
associated with the sacred hoop.
example, the eagle, which is often thought to be representative
of the values of a higher power, is this month's theme animal that
goes along with learning about balancing their bodies with exercise,
diet, and emotions.
along the lines of the cultural activities, on Monday, students
started to build a traditional war bonnet headdress worn by Plains
tribal warriors or leaders.
students elect a new tribal leader every week, and the winner will
get to wear the headdress after it's completed," said Mason.
of the process, Mason said, will be for the students to learn how
to self-govern, creating rules, electing tribal leaders, and managing
she said, students have voted on about 10 rules that they have agreed
to follow, which include listening, respecting, putting things away,
sharing, and being nice to each other.
addition, the Wakina Store will be open on the last Friday of every
month. The Wakina Store provides an opportunity to educate students
about money management throughout the month. Students earn money,
budget money, save money, and then get to purchase toys and items
at the end of the month with their remaining funds.
sacred hoop project will end next June with a dinner party and awards
categories of awards will be given to students, who earn the recognition.
In each category, students will be allowed to vote for their peers.
addition, $50 will go to whoever earns a Scholarship, Leadership,
and Artistic Ability Awards. For Best Behavior and Most Perfect
Attendance Awards, $40 will accompany these awards.