Making movies is storytelling
Storytellers have always had an important role in Native cultures. Meet the next generation.
Traditional Ecological Knowledge
The Ojibwe have a special way of knowing their environment. It comes from living amidst the Great Lakes for centuries.
Caring for the Environment
From wild rice to the wildlife, everything is important. "Water is the life blood for our Mother, the Earth."
With mining concerns looming, the 2011 youth knew all the right questions. We spent a week at the Bad River Indian Reservation on the south shore.
At the Lac Courte Oreille Tribal College, dozens of young filmmakers from LCO immersed themselves in an all-Ojibwe media school.
Teaching science via movie making is rewarding and motivating. Tribal youth are in a unique position to benefit from this strategy.
Wild rice, sugar bush, walleye, the Great Lakes and more all play enormous roles in the daily life of the Ojibwe. Even small threats are serious.
"The greatest part of today, was watching the videos the youth group students made. Seeing how excited they were to show their families and friends who attended was priceless. The sweetest part of the video showing was at the end; one of the students stood up and thanked everyone who was a part of helping and teaching them how to use the video equipment. It was really meaningful and it was a really mature thing for her to do."