The forest is the place where all of our traditional materials (for building, medicine, food, clothing, and so much more) once came from. For many people living traditionally, the forest continues to be a source of wonder and a way to make a living. Students will hear stories about how human beings share the forest with our animal relatives and will be exposed to a different way of understanding the reciprocal relationship we have with all the beings that reside there. Anishinaabe knowledge and stories will be used in conjunction with scientific principles to explain natural processes such as photosynthesis, tree sap production and ecosystem interactions between trees and insects.
The Mtigwaaki workshop must be done in a forested space, where we will have the opportunity to play some hands-on games and learn about some very special trees.