Minds On: Seeing the World Through the Lens of Gratitude

Students learn about the Haudenosaunee Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen (Thanksgiving Address) and are invited to reflect on all of the things in the natural world Indigenous people rely on locally for their tools and technologies. Students then spend time in sit spots on the land and reflect on what they grateful for in nature.

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Minds On: Seeing the World Through the Lens of Gratitude

Materials:

•Segment from ten-minute video accompanying the Indigenous Knowledge Bundle of Kanyen’kehá:ka (Wolf Clan) educator Liv Rondeau sharing the Haudenosaunee Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen and discussing its significance •Outdoor learning journals •Instructions regarding how to conduct a talking circle
Instructions:
  • Ask students to consider what tools and technologies local Indigenous groups traditionally relied upon and continue to rely upon today for their livelihood and well-being. Focus areas to prompt discussion may include fire starting, cooking, hunting and trapping, shelter, transportation, ceremony, etc.
    • Ask students to brainstorm what these tools and technologies provide(d) for community.
    • Ask students to consider what natural materials were/are used to construct and/or facilitate the use of these tools and technologies. Time permitted this could be extended into an inquiry project.
  • Ask students what in the natural world they are grateful for and how it enriches their lives. Ask students if they do anything to give back to the element of the natural world that provide them with gifts.
  • Review the Haudenosaunee Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen (Review from Activity 1 in the Indigenous Knowledge Bundle). As a refresher teacher can play segment from ten-minute video accompanying the Indigenous Knowledge Bundle of Kanyen’kehá:ka (Wolf Clan) educator Liv Rondeau sharing the address and discussing its significance.
  • Send students to sit spots to journal in their Outdoor Nature Journals (introduced in the QUILLS Teacher’s Guide) about what they are grateful for.
  • Option for students to share what they are grateful for in a Talking Circle. (Instructions regarding how to facilitate a Talking Circle in a good way are included in the Teacher’s Guide.)