8575 N. Trepania Road
Hayward, WI 54843
Telephone Number: (715) 634-8924
FAX: (715) 634-6058
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Ogichidaa (Male) (Not Pictured)
Miigwech sago gaa-pi-izhaayan omaa.
Greetings to all!
Thank you very much for coming here.
2013 Minoomen (Ricing)
Weaving and Beading
Mii sa omaa waa-wiindamoonaan ezhichigeyang da ishkonamaang o'o Anishinaabe-inaadiziwin gemaa o'o indizhigiizhwewinaan, i'iw Ojibwemowin. Mewiinzha go gakina go wiinawaa Anishinaabeg omaa eta go gaa-izhi-ojibwemodaadiwaad. Noongom sa eta aanind niniijaanisinaanig nisidotamowaad indinwewininaan.
Welcome to the cultural section of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School's website. We are proud of our land, our school, and our culture. It has been the mission of our school since the first day we opened our doors to preserve, conserve, and revive our culture. It is so important that we preserve our way of life and our language. The grandchildren of the first graduates of our school now walk our halls. In two generations our school has been in existence we have had many changes.
When we began our school many families told us that they teach Ojibwe culture at home. At one time, grandparents of our first graduates were discouraged, even punished, for speaking Ojibwe. Ojibwe, once spoken at home, is now most often only heard in ceremonies or at school. Now, we have become the purveyors of our cultural ways. To preserve our cultural ways we must preserve our language, the very root of our culture.
Ojibwe Culture and Language
We want, we need our language to not only survive but to thrive. We teach our language to all levels of our school, in every grade from our Preschool program and Kindergarten to Grade 8 every day. We require two full credits of Ojibwe to graduate from our school. Our culture is reflected throughout our school, with bilingual signs on the restrooms and classrooms. Our opening day is marked with an eagle feather pole ceremony as we make offerings to our creator for the day, for the lives of our children, and the future generations to come.
The preservation of the Ojibwe culture and language is infused within all of our classes. However, our culture staff provide our students with the best opportunities to learn, practice, and experience their culture. Some of the culture class activities include beading, cooking, dancing, drumming, hunting, learning Ojibwe, making maple syrup from the Sugarbush, outfit making, ricing, singing, and spearing.
Traditional Arts and Crafts
Our art is an expression of ourselves as Anishinaabeg. You may notice several birch bark canoes hanging in hallways and dream catchers adorning the skylights. Wigwam structures stand around our buildings awaiting outdoor class use. Students take time to do beadwork with many classes and bead vendors occasionally populate our hallways. We have had classes for our students in making canoes, drums, and traditional outfits. Traditional art is an elective for high school graduation.
American Indian Music and Dance
Our music defines and records our lives, our history, and our future. We start each week with a ceremony for all students, teachers, and staff. We offer tobacco and words to our creator. We sing and dance. We celebrate a new day, a new week, a new beginning each Monday. For each new day is truly a new beginning. Our children join in the dance circle as we celebrate life, the goodness of our ways, and the goodness in ourselves. We honor our students, our guests, and others with songs, dances, and gifts. We cherish the sound of music echoing in our hallway. The secondary drum class sings in the lobby or just outside the building during the last hour of the school day. We wish for a warm, clear day as we hope for one more Friday gathering at our powwow grounds in May, under a blue sky with billowy clouds and soaring eagles overhead.