8-Day Guided Cultural Immersion Program in White Earth Nation, Minnesota
In partnership since 2010
Anishinaabe (“the original people”) have inhabited the area now known as Minnesota since 1400 AD. The White Earth Nation reservation was created in 1867 by a treaty between the United States and the Mississippi Band of Chippewa Indians, forming one of seven Chippewa reservations in Minnesota. Xperitas partners with a community-based nonprofit working to continue revival of Indigenous lifeways and protect native seeds, traditional foods, and knowledge of Indigenous land-based communities.
Anishinaabe People Cultural Immersion with Service Project
Arrive in Minneapolis in the afternoon to meet your Xperitas Team Leader. Drive north to White Earth, picking up groceries and stopping at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post on the way. Settle into community center accommodations and have your first team meeting.
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Under the direction of community leaders, collaborate on a community project such as tree planting or gardening. Get to know community members through visits to the White Earth Tribal and Community College, Nijii Radio, and Gizhiigin Arts Incubator. Participate in additional community events by invitation, depending on the timing of your visit, such as pick-up basketball with local youth, powwows, or ceremonies. Explore the natural surroundings by visiting the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park. Reflect on your experiences in daily team meetings and journal-writing. On the last day, have a final celebration with community members
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Depart for Minneapolis early in the morning.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
“My goal for this trip was to learn more about a different culture. Although I did achieve this, and I did learn a lot, this trip allowed me to truly understand the deeper meaning behind all that I learned as well as explore who I am as a person and the world around me.” - Student
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