Ode-min Giizis is known as Strawberry Moon, and this term is how the month of June is referred to by Anishinaabe people in this area. Strawberries are the first fruit to grow upon Mother Earth, and through the traditional teachings and Creation story of the first strawberry, they teach us about growth, forgiveness, self-discipline and peace. We will explore and compare the varieties of strawberries we have available to us today and discuss the differences in growth rate and production methods. Students will have the opportunity to extract DNA from a strawberry, learn about the structure of DNA and how genetic information is passed through generations. We might even get a taste of this sweet traditional fruit!
Th Ode-min workshop can be done in any classroom setting, though we always appreciate the opportunity to make use of lab spaces here at the University.