We have many upcoming events in the language department to talk about as we push towards spring after a cold Oklahoma winter.

First off, the development of our self-paced language online class is coming along well. We are still anticipating a summer 2015 opening. The class will have 40 topics organized with 10 lessons in a unit. At the end of each topic, students will receive cultural instruction that is relevant to the Potawatomi. For instance, we’ll explain the importance of the eagle, how to bead for regalia along with the significance of tobacco and medicine wheel teachings.

We appreciate your patience as we develop this great learning tool, and watch here for updates and sneak peeks of what is to come.

Our highly anticipated third annual Winter Story Telling event will take place February 25 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the CPN South Reunion Hall. We have had great attendance in the past and hope for a similar turnout this year. Many of our traditional stories which involve Wiske the trickster can only be told in the winter, as it is during this time that the spirits are asleep. In keeping with this tradition we will share a number of these “cold weather” stories at this event.  We will also have snacks and drinks for those in attendance. Please give us a heads up if you know you are coming by February 20 so we can plan accordingly.

Our next series of beginner language classes will begin Monday, Feb. 16 from 5:30- 6:30 at the Cultural Heritage Center. There is no cost for the class only a desire to learn. Please let us know you are coming by February 12 so we will know how many to prepare for.

As always if there are any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me at jneely@potawatomi.org.