UND Center for Community Engagement

Larrie-Day 5

In Students' Reflections on March 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Like the fable of “Stone Soup,” seven traveling students started out five days ago with a kettle to make a nutritional “stew” of stories collected from seven rural communities.

Today on the return to UND, we had breakfast meeting in Rugby, concluding from yesterday a discussion on media and its message in building a community. More stories were collected from citizens and leaders that helped quench our appetite for learning.

A peek at the Pioneer Village Museum seemed like a natural place for a storytelling festival during the town’s 125th year celebration this summer.

On to Spirit Lake for a visit at the new facilities at Cankdeska Cikana Community College and an exchange with peer-learners and teachers. American Indians are the consummate carriers of oral history passed down through generations as stories with metaphoric meaning. The culture and heritage here is both a large lesson to be learned and the “spice” to learn more from the stories of our Native citizens.

I hope there are second helpings of a Stone’s Soup tour.

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