Val Barber: An understated joy- Fingerweaving returns to Lac Courte Oreilles

Produced by Nick Vander Puy
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Val Barber has been teaching math and science  for more than twenty years in the Hayward, Wisconsin public schools.  During the past few years she's been teaching the Ojibwe language to both Indian and non-Indian.  

She explains the native origins of the word Wisconsin. 

During late February 2010 she participated in a finger weaving workshop on the Lac Courte Oreilles reserve, being taught by Dennis White.

Having learned finger weaving from elder Liz Smock, White received a fellowship from the Smithsonian Institute Museum of the American Indian in Washington to study the museum's collections and bring the information back to the Lac Courte Oreilles community.

"Wisconsin means "sweet water." What better description of our state."


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