The Socio-cultural Significance of Indigenous Physical Activity

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Bemidji High School, Bemidji, Minnesota, USA

Theme:  Portraying Indigenous Storytelling, Teachings and Ways of Knowing On the Field, Court and Ice

Instructor: Dan Ninham (Oneida), PhD 

Overview: The comprehensive bodies-on course draws on research and knowledge about best practices in sports pedagogy and indigenous studies. Participants receive not only the “How” of instruction, but also the “Why” in developing key methods of seasonal cultural-based games. The Games of Life Model will be emphasized as well as native language use. State and national standards-based curriculum will be addressed for the following, but not limited to, physical activities: Ojibwe Lacrosse, Iroquois Lacrosse, Choctaw Stickball, Pueblo Kickball, Navajo Running, Oneida Longball, Cree Double Ball, Navajo Shinny, Inuit Games, Eskimo Tug of War, Meso-American Game, and Crow Arrows.

Lessons include cultural responsive pedagogy, indigenized curriculum and strategies, tribal values implementation, principles for instruction success, fundamental sport skills instruction, analysis of online video’s, and philosophy of game rules.

The sessions relate to a broad range of education and recreation systems: Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), tribally controlled schools, charter schools, public schools, community and reservation recreation, and colleges and universities. The audience includes all who have a professional interest in Indigenous Games including: early childhood to high school educators, administrators and principals, curriculum specialists and directors of instruction, recreation specialists and college and university students, faculty. Professional development certificate will be provided to educators.

Check In

8:30 am, Bemidji High School Commons, Coffee, Tea and Bagels

Welcome Ceremony

9:00 am, Commons, Dan and Susan Ninham

Orientation: The Games of Life Model

9:20 am, Commons

Video Analysis

10:00 am, Lumberjack Room

Lunch, Commons

Noon to 12:50 pm

Practicum Session I

1:00-3:00 pm, Auxiliary Gym

Refreshment Break

3:05-3:25 pm, Gym Lobby

Practicum Session II

3:30-5:30 pm, Outdoor Field

Closing Ceremony

5:35 pm, Outdoor Field


Registration Procedures: Registration includes emailed materials and professional development certificate for each session.

The pre-registration deadline is June 1, 2018. The pre-registration fee is $99 USD per person. The regular registration fee is $115 USD per person to June 10, 2018. Event day registration is $125 USD per person. Discounted group rates are available from participants from the same institution and pre-registered by June 1st: $79 per person for groups of five or more. The student fee is $15 off the workshop fees listed above and $5. For an additional $49, each participant will receive mentorship programming for a year after the training.

Mail a sheet of paper with the following information: registrants name, institution, professional title, mailing address, email address and cell number, state Northern Indigenous Games Workshop I with the fee in a check payable to Northern Indigenous Games to Dan Ninham, PO Box 351, Bemidji, MN, 56619. Information: 218.368.6430 or [email protected] 

Lodging Link:

Bemidji Regional Airport: The airport is located 3.2 miles from Bemidji High School.

June 10, 2018 at 8:30am - 6:30pm
Bemidji High School
2900 Division St NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
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Coach Dan Ninham · · 218.368.6430
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