Shared my vision with our guests: to build this cultural land project to bring learning of our traditional foods, medicines, and culture. Here are morel mushrooms, elderberry, rose hip, flat cedar, canned sxwusum, xast xast, and mountain tea I sent with them from our lands for their Longest Walk journey. —March 13, 2018
THE LAND PROJECT
WHY I WANT TO BUILD THIS CENTER
Education is such an important part of making sure young children carry on the fundamental values of our culture. This center is a place where they are free to learn, to create, and to cultivate deeper connections with our reservation and practices. We want the children to understand our traditions, as well as play a active role in how we all maintain it.
We are currently referring to this center as "The Land Project". It will eventually be named and established as a non-profit organization, once our funding goals to do so have been reached. The ultimate goal of revenue generated through educational presentations, book sales, donations, grants, etc., is for the long term benefit of this Project.
We hope The Land Project will encourage and share these ideas with the world:
Relearning our sacred knowledge, our cultural path from our elders and wisdom keepers of the land.
Promoting self-sustainability and decreasing our dependence on government entities.
Living in traditional type lodgings and structures.
Truly taking steps to regain our independence and sovereignty.
The vision has already begun to create a network of people of all colors and skill sets, to form a safe place to host educational camps throughout the year. This camp will be open to everyone. It will maintain a strict NO alcohol, drugs, or bullying policy. It will have a behavior code built on respect, trust and honor. This will be a safe place to learn and share. So, come self-reliant with a positive attitude, ready to learn and/or share! Be willing to help and have fun!
PROMOTIONAL VIDEO FROM 2018 FALL CAMP
Last year we began the work for the Land Project. We hope to continue with seasonal camps open to the public. Below you can see we did last year and the foundation we began building for the future. With many hands and hearts contributing their labors of love, this Project is already growing, much like the seeds we planted in the earth. Please consider sponsorship of The Land Project. Your help and support is essential to the continued success of this important undertaking. If you are interested in attending a camp, taking a tour, or helping in any way, please get in touch and let us know!
VIDEO FROM THE LAND PROJECT 2018 FALL CAMP
The Ground Shots Podcast is an audio project that features conversations and storytelling about our relationship with ecology through the intersections of activism and creativity. In this conversation with Dan, we talk about:
Dan's Sovereignty Camp skill-share project which focuses on educating native youth about traditional skills
how Sovereignty Camp started and Dan's motivations for the project
what skills are taught at the camp
why creating an educational alternative for native youth away from mainstream schooling that includes a focus on cultural education is important
the importance of indigenous led skills-shares
why land skills are important for indigenous sovereignty
Dan's visions for the future of the camps and his land project
how folks can support Dan's sovereignty camp project
For ways you can support the Sovereignty Camp