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We had great fun on our field trip with Swan River First Nations and Kinuso School.  APL students were invited to participate in a land based learning activity with traditional knowledge keepers and elders leading us to come to new understandings about the world around us. On our field trip we learned how to hunt for rat root.  Rat root is called 'rat root' because it is usually eaten by muskrats.  It is used in traditional medicines to fight off viral infections, help with diabetes and even helps people with cancer.  Rat root can be found in very wet boggy areas and after you pick it, you need to clean it and dry it. Then you use it in tea or you can chew it. We also learned how to call moose with a traditional moose calling cone.  It was very interesting.  Hard to describe but interesting!  Afterwards the students were allowed to come and try their own moose calls. After this we learned how to take a moose or deer hide and stretch it.  Once that is done you dry it and clean it and then the moose hide is useful for drum making or making clothing/shoes. We learned so much on our field trip and we really appreciate being invited!  Thank you to Swan River elders, coordinators and knowledge keepers for allowing us to learn from you.  Thank you to Kinuso school for allowing us to share in your field trip day.   Golda
Posted by Guest  On Oct 16, 2018 at 4:12 PM
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