ORR Cultural Membership shares studying expertise on Native American tradition

By | February 21, 2022


 The Previous Rochester Regional Excessive Faculty Cultural Membership attended the “Know Your Roots” digital mini-conference Feb. 16 that raised consciousness of native Native American historical past and tradition.

The convention was hosted by Cultural Golf equipment of America and united native faculties. Tabor Academy, Dartmouth, Fairhaven and Nipmuc Regional Excessive Faculty additionally attended the occasion. 

The mini-conference began with visitor speaker Cora Peirce, a member of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and a historic preservationist. 

College students heard about native historical past from a perspective not typically taught in faculties. Many excessive faculties don’t educate Native American historical past.

“She was so detail-oriented I might really see in my thoughts each place she referenced,” stated Michael Nailor, a Cultural Golf equipment of America board member and instructor at Previous Rochester Regional. “College students discovered about particular Native American landmarks within the native space, in addition to these which were desecrated by buildings and different buildings. Many college students had handed by these landmarks with out even realizing their significance. ‘’

For instance, Nailor stated, Isabella Hunter was stunned to search out out {that a} rock bearing a handprint she had visited at her grandparent’s home really was a sacred Native American stone.

In the direction of the tip of the convention, every college shared their college tradition and environment. Though faculties could also be one city away from one another, they don’t share concepts or study one another. They simply compete in opposition to one another.

College students have been awed by Nipmuc Excessive Faculty’s “Wellness Week” which culminates in a weekend of no-homework every spring and by Fairhaven Excessive Faculty’s social justice course and the unbelievable structure that college students loved. 

Previous Rochester highlighted their “Kindness Week” and in style pep rallies. 

And Dartmouth shared “Dartmouth’s Most interesting,” the place senior college students compete in a talent-like competitors. 

This was an awesome alternative for faculties to share, join, and be taught from each other as a substitute of locking horns in debate groups or sports activities video games. 

Cultural Golf equipment of America founder and Previous Rochester Regional scholar Eddie Gonet IV was overjoyed with the success of the occasion. 

“It was nice to have the ability to have deep conversations with everybody throughout totally different faculties,’’ he stated. “Elevating consciousness and studying about our neighborhood’s roots generates a higher understanding of each other.”


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