valerie clark

Ojibwe Language & Culture Apprentice

As the Ojibwe Language & Culture Apprentice, I work with Familly Resource Center (FRC) children and families.  I also create curriculum materials and culturally relevant activities for students in K4 through 8th grade. I believe that learning and teaching Ojibwe is vital to continuing on with our language for future generations. In my work here at Indian Community School, I take great pride in seeing the eyes of students light up when they step into the classroom and want to learn the language.  Sharing activities, games, and the different strategies we use in our teachings help support students to learn the language while having fun. I hold two Associate degree in Technology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Administration. I have a teaching license in early childhood education, and have taken two years of Anshinabemowin language at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

My Anishinabe name is Miskwaadesikwe which means painted turtle woman. I am ma’iinganindoodem (wolf clan) from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in the upper peninsula in Michigan.  I have attended and presented at various Anishinabe language conferences on the topic of language and revitalization.

When I’m not working here at ICS, I enjoy spending time with my family seeing the latest movies and catching up on our favorite TV shows together. I love to bake and experiment with new recipes. I make something sweet once a week for family and friends to taste. I have recently learned how to bead jewelry and find it very calming and fun to be learn something new. I am a parent of a young man who is the light of my life and love to spend any time I have with him. When time permits, I love to travel and discover new places. I want to see the world and experience different cultures with my husband and family.

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Ojibwe Culture / Language Apprentice: Valerie Clark