Fourth Graders Learn Tribal Games and Tradition Submitted: 02/24/2012
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Some locl students were outside enjoying the winter weather today. Fourth graders from Lac du Flambeau and other Lakeland schools join together today to learn about Ojibwe Winter Games.

The students are learning games such as snow snake, spear toss, and hoop and spear.

Wayne Valliere of the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Language Program shows the students how to play these games, while teaching the traditions of his tribe. "The snow snake game, is a historic game that has been played by tribes across the north. The Ojibwe here in Lac du Flambeau haven't played it in 170 years."

The kids were awarded medals in each of the games, and Valliere says the Lac du Flambeau Community is to thank. "Different people within our tribe have come out and donated their time here for our youth, because our youth is our most valuable resource in Waswaganee, here in Lac du Flambeau."

Valliere says the success of this event is already leading towards plans for summer games in the future.

Story By: Ryan Michaels

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