Niben (Summer) is here, and it’s easy to see why niben is called the “time of plenty.” If you’re a forager like me, you know the excitement that comes from finding tiny edible treasures among the brambles. Demen (strawberry) season is fading, but we see an abundance of berries wherever we turn. A new forayContinue reading “Planting Seeds”
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Celebrate Indigenous Peoples!
Mno waben, jayek! Good morning, folks! We know, we know…it’s been a while. But we have a lot of exciting updates for you! First, we’re excited to announce that we’ve been awarded a grant from the United Way of Berks County through their LIVE UNITED grant program to launch our Firekeepers Youth Program in theContinue reading “Celebrate Indigenous Peoples!”
Update: We’re growing up strong!
Wow, has it been an eventful year for the Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge! Starting a nonprofit is no easy task, and we are thankful to have had so many partners and mentors guiding us along the journey. During the 2020-2021 academic year, we worked with a group of law students through the Penn StateContinue reading “Update: We’re growing up strong!”
Why We Exist
This colonized world has done its best to rid itself of indigenous people—those who’ve always stubbornly stood in the way of progress, of civilization. Growing up Native in Berks County felt awkward and foreign. Whenever I tried to assert my identity as Potawatomi to my peers, they laughed or thought I was stupid because, ofContinue reading “Why We Exist”