Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)

April 26, 1995


[editor’s note: Wub-e-ke-niew intended to ask these questions of students during a scheduled stop at an elementary school on his book tour.]


Field School Class project from Wub-e-ke-niew

(Please answer these questions)

1.  Where did your ancestors come from?  Why did they leave their homeland to come live on this continent?

2.  When your ancestors left their country, what did they call themselves?  What was their identity?

3.  What did your ancestors do for a living in their country?  What were their lives like?

4.  Did your ancestors have freedom of religion in their land?

5.  Why did your ancestors give up their identity, and change what they called themselves to “American”?

6.  Can you speak any of your ancestors’ language?  If not, why not?

7.  What kind of games did the children play in the country of your ancestors?

8.  Why did the European immigrants slaughter almost all of the buffalo?

9.  Since you now live on this land, what are you doing to take care of the ecology?  Are you taking responsibility, or do you hope somebody else will take care of it for you?

10.  If you could predict the future in what you call “America,” what do you think is going to happen in your lifetime?

11. Why is there so much violence in this land they call “America”?  How are you going to solve the problem of violence?  What are you doing to make this a better world, so everybody is treated as a human being?

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