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Clans Wood Burning Project

Students complete 7 Original Clans unit with wood burning project
Posted on 11/23/2018
Wood buring

Grade 6 Ojibwe students at J.W. Walker School recently learned about the 7 Original Clans and to complete the unit, they spent yesterday morning burning clans into wood. Jason Jones, the Ojibwe Language Coordinator, sought permission from some Elders to do this project because the only other time images are burned into wood is grave stick (the top of the stick carved to look like the deceased Clan.)

Students were encouraged to pick an animal that they like or seem to gravitate to. Many of them picked their own Clans. The Clan images were created by Nyle Johnston from TakingITGlobal. Through this project, students learned that from the 7 Original Clans spawned sub clans – these are the Clans that most people have. Students also learned new vocabulary, dos and don'ts of Clans, and how characteristics of their Clan match up with their own personalities.

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