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June 8th, 2019 | Shawnee, OK

Indigenous cultural awareness for foster families

The circle holds many meanings in cultures around the world, but is especially sacred in the Native American or Indigenous cultures. It represents the sun, moon, and the earth. It marks the edge of the world and the four directions along with the winds that travel there. Most importantly it is a symbol for the circle or wheel of life which is forever evolving and teaching us new lessons as we travel each path. To travel a path together, sharing our cultures, is one step closer to Completing the Circle and healing the mind, body and spirit for our future, our children.

Who is Invited

For Native DHS & Tribal children in CUSTODY, including their foster families and other children in the home.  (Biological & adopted)

When

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

Where

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Festival Grounds
(across the street from the Cultural Center)
1700 S. Gordon Cooper Drive
Shawnee, OK 74801
Directions

Registration

South Reunion Hall by the Dance arena
This is an alternate route and must be followed, thank you.

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What is Expected

The event includes a SACK LUNCH, an opening ceremony, traditional food sampling, museum tour, native music,  dancing, arts & crafts, native storytelling, marbles,  stickball demonstration, and much more!

*Please Note:  Walking is required and the activities are mostly outside and spread out.  Lunches will be picnic style, so bring necessary items that make this event more enjoyable for the children and you!

Credits/Travel

Both DHS & Tribal Foster Families will receive paid travel claims and a certificate of attendance.  DHS Foster Families Receive six hours of training credit.   Tribal Foster families need to ask their tribe about this.

Questions?

Contact Kelly Tannehill with DHS  (918) 230-5612 or (918) 614-5042 or email her

Register Now!

Foster Families: Register Here by Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Volunteer/Presenter: Register Here by Saturday, June 1, 2019

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Circle of Healing

One way to help Native American children to heal is through their proud and strong Native American heritage, and acknowledging this strong connection with their tribe and culture. We help them realize that the circle holds many meanings in cultures around the world, but the circle is especially sacred in the Native American culture. It represents the Sun, Moon, and the Earth. It marks the edge of the world with the four directions and the winds that travel there. Most importantly, it is a symbol for the Circle of Life, which is forever evolving and teaching us new lessons as we travel each path. These Native American children need to feel good about who they are, where they come from, who their ancestors are, and that they too draw strength through their mind, body, and spirit.

If you have questions about the conference, please contact Kelly Tannehill at 918-614-5042.