We originally featured The Ways in the Scout Report on 12-9-2016, and it continues to provide teachers and general audiences alike an engaging educational resource for learning about Native American culture.
From the Wisconsin Media Lab, a state-funded organization known for creating educational resources for public schools, comes The Ways: a resource dedicated to Native culture and language in the Upper Midwest. The project is designed with grades 6-12 in mind, but will also appeal to a much wider audience. In the stories section of this website, visitors can watch short videos that highlight a number of aspects of contemporary Native culture. For instance, "Language Apprentice" highlights the work of the Hoocak Waaziija Haci Language Division, a branch of the Ho-Chunk government devoted to teaching the Ho-Chunk language to Ho-Chunk individuals (and others) of all ages. Another video, "Prayers in a Song," features the work of Minneapolis, Minnesota-based hip-hop artist Tall Paul, who raps in both English as well as Anishinaabemowin. Each video story is accompanied by questions and resources for instructors to use in the classroom. The Ways also features an interactive map that highlights the contemporary geographic distribution of American Indian and/or Alaskan Native individuals in the Great Lakes region (using the 2000 census) alongside a map of Treaty Lands designated to different tribes in 1825, as well as a map of current Tribal lands.