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Although the caribou feeds the wolf, it is the wolf that keeps the caribou strong.

The people realized that the caribou and the wolf were one…

The Wolf and the Caribou-myth and legend has more truth to it today than ever before! In this time of mass extinction we must heed the wisdom of the indigenous people. The Inuit, the people of the North, take a different view of the wolf than western cultures. The Inuit have their own idea of why the wolf was created.

In the beginning, the Inuit creation story tell, there was a man and a woman, nothing else on the Earth walked or swam or flew. So the woman dug a big hole in the ground and she started fishing in it. She pulled out all of the animals. The last animal she pulled out was the caribou. The woman set the caribou free and ordered it to multiply. Soon the land was full of caribou, and the people lived well and they were happy. But the hunters only killed those caribou that were big and strong. Soon all that was left were the weak and the sick, and the people began to starve. The woman had to make magic again, and this time she called Amorak, the spirit of the wolf, to winnow out the weak and the sick, so that the herd would once again be strong. The people realized that the caribou and the wolf were one, for although the caribou feeds the wolf, it is the wolf that keeps the caribou strong.” ~Inuit Creation Story

Photograph credit John E Marriott

The people realized that the caribou and the wolf were one, for although the caribou feeds the wolf, it is the wolf that keeps the caribou strong.”

Photograph credit John E Marriott

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WOLF TOTEM depicts the dying culture of the Mongols.

And parallel extinction of the animal they believe to be sacred. A must watch film while you are on a #StayAtHome order.

The following is a review of the film WOLF TOTEM

A New York Times review By Ben KenigsbergIn “Wolf Totem,” the French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, no stranger to animals (“The Bear”) or turbulent Chinese history (“Seven Years in Tibet”), adapts a novel that grew into a controversial phenomenon in China. The book, written by a Beijing professor, Lu Jiamin, under the pseudonym Jiang Rong, was second in circulation only to Mao’s little red book, according to a 2008 review in The New York Times.

The novel was received as a critique of Chinese modernization and environmental policies. The film, a Chinese production, reaches the screen with at least some sensitive material omitted. Characters seem carved from a much larger narrative. The landscape and painstakingly trained wolves are the true stars.

A still from “Wolf Totem.”Columbia Pictures

The story concerns Chen Zhen (Feng Shaofeng), a student who travels from Beijing to Inner Mongolia to teach during the Cultural Revolution. Entranced with the wolves there — whose behavior inspired Genghis Khan, the village leader tells him — Chen Zhen adopts a cub and raises it, sparing it from the orders of his superior, who wants the wolves culled.

In its tale of an outsider acclimating to a vanishing way of life, “Wolf Totem” sometimes recalls another sentimental wolf movie (the one in which Kevin Costner dances with them). But the work with actual animals offers an increasingly rare pleasure. Mr. Annaud makes subtle use of 3-D to highlight the crags and grasslands, aided by a swirling score from James Horner, who died in June.

Wolf Totem Movie Poster


Keep the Gray wolf listed! 

Long live the Gray wolf! It’s not anyone’s right to “Kill All The Wolves” because the Gray wolf is: the forest, the grassland, the mountain, the river, the White-tailed deer, the elk, the beaver, & much more. What the Gray wolf is not: is part of human’s hatred born out of greed to conquer what is wild & Free. ~Rachel Tilseth 

Enhancing the Lakota Culture through Indigenous Science…

Featured photograph is of sun setting at camp 

Generations Indigenous Ways is a community based Native nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering American Indian youth with the knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education enhanced by Oglala Lakota values and way of life using Indigenous Sciences.  Click HERE to make a donation

About Generations Indigenous Ways
We provide year-round education programs for American Indian students from the large land base of the Seven Council Fires, which covers the state of South Dakota. We are

Sharing Lakota Songs
currently located near the community of Lost Dog, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Centered amid the Oglala people of the Titowan Oyate; the largest nation of the Seven Council Fires, our current range and focus encompasses the Pine Ridge reservation area. However, we welcome the participation of youth from all backgrounds, who have a desire to understand and strengthen the Oglala Lakota relationship with land through discovering and exploring the unique ecosystems and environmental issues of the area. 


Generations Indigenous Ways offers a K-12th grade Indigenous Science curriculum that incorporates Oglala Lakota Culture and Western Sciences. This curriculum is derived from the Medicine Wheel Model that was established by the successful outcomes of the Native Science Field Centers at Hopa Mountain and on the Blackfeet Reservation.

Click HERE to support Generations Indigenous Ways

The goal of the Lakota Summer Science Field Institute is to motivate youth to discover and explore science, technology, engineering, and math. Youth will learn how physics, mathematics, and the scientific method are required and used in designing a traditional

Bow Making
bow, harvesting traditional plants and foods, and creating traditional beadwork and quillwork. Other learning topics that supplement the STEM curriculum are Lakota Plant Sciences, Paleontology & Geology, and a Tipi erecting presentation.  

Horse Culture
Lakota Summer Science Field Institute Click HERE to learn more about the Camps

 – “Lakota Physics Camp” June 5-9, 2017

 – “Journey through the our Ancestral Lands”

     June 26-29, 2017 & July 3-6, 2017

After School Program
Our afterschool program is called: “Ithacan Kigali” -Creating Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Looking at data collections.
It is proven that a student’s willingness to engage in science activities increases when they are linked to the Oglala Lakota culture.

The programming is modeled to teach leadership skills, as well as, fundamental aspects of college preparation.

 The current locations are at the American Horse School in Allen, SD and the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee, SD. 

Tipi Camping

 Topics and Activities include:

Wolakota (Oglala Lakota way of life) Leadership (Oglala Lakota Kinship)

Community involvement-Service Learning Projects

Environmental Stewardship

Buffalo Sciences

Native Medicinal Plants

Traditional Foods Preparation
Oglala Lakota Traditional Foods 

Astronomy (Creation stories, constellations, special sky events)

Geology (Creation Stories, Lakota land uses)

Equine Sciences (Lakota Horsemanship)

Oglala Lakota Physics (Archery, Lodge building, Fluvial Morpholo

Let’s Connect

Executive Director – Helene Gaddie

“People have to realize that science is innate, we are born with it. But in order to balance it out, you put the culture first. You have to know who you are.” Helene Gaddie Co-Founder
Physics Camp 2016

I first met Helene Gaddie, one of the founders, while teaching art at Little Wound School on Pine Ridge in 1992. Helene, an 8th grader at the time, exhibited leadership qualities, and has proven her ability to lead youth by developing this remarkable “Generations Indigenous Ways” science and culture program for k12 youth. Please take the time to read and view their video. Then, please support them with a donation.

Thank You,

Rachel Tilseth ~ author of WODCW Blog

A Resource Hub for Educators Teaching Students the History, Cultural and Tribal Sovereignty of the First Nations of Wisconsin 

WisconsinAct31.org in PK-16 Education   
Act 31 on the UW Campus

The Act’s greatest impact on programs at the University of Wisconsin, is that each teacher seeking a license from the state must have instruction in American Indian history, culture and tribal sovereignty, Meeting the requirement of Act 31 is more than an obligation for certification; it represents our university’s commitment to serve our diverse communities and the American Indian tribes and bands who reside within its borders. The Act 31 Coordinator connects with various partners in the School of Education and across the State of Wisconsin to develop the Act 31 implementation plan for the School of Education.  (Source)


Aaron Bird, Interim Assistant Dean, Recruitment and Retention Specialist of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin at the monthly AES lecture in Madison  – Photograph Effigy Mounds Initiative 


Act 31 Across Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin was charged with creating a curriculum for grades 4-12 on American Indian treaty rights. It included a mandate for school programming to give students an understanding of different value systems, cultures, and human relations. 

Schools are required to teach American Indian studies at least 3 times throughout a student’s K-12 career and must maintain instructional materials which appropriately reflect diverse cultures. (Source)

What is Wisconsin Act 31? 


Where do we begin? 


Wisconsin Act 31 website and resources