On Thanksgiving, many of us sit around the table with family and talk about what we’re thankful for.
Family and friends. Health. A warm house. Good food. Successful jobs. The list goes on and on.
How often do we hear someone express thankfulness for nature though? We should be thankful for the trees providing oxygen, the wetland providing clean water, the prairie providing food for the animals that we hunt.
American Indians set aside plenty of time to show their thankfulness for the land and animals around them, and Dickinson County naturalist Charles Vigdal will teach people all about the connection between these native peoples and the land during the Native Thanksgiving Hike the Wild 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25.
“It’s a neat area, and this is a unique opportunity to see this privately-owned preserve,” Vigdal said.
Vigdal will begin the program with some history about the Wildwood Nature Preserve, which would have historically been occupied by American Indians, and then participants will have the opportunity to explore the area to learn more about the historic Sioux Indian culture.
Stations along the hike will allow all ages to learn about American Indian food, their relationship with animals, their tools and how they made them and the connection between the American Indian culture and nature.
“One of the reasons I do Native American programs is because their culture was about giving,” Vigdal said. “They were a hunter-gatherer society, and they had to work together. They treated everything outside with as much respect as other people, because if you hurt the wetland or you hurt the prairie, you hurt yourself.”
Learning about American Indian culture will put people in the Thanksgiving mood as we see how thankful we should all be for everything around us, just like the American Indians were and are.
The Dickinson County Nature Center’s Art & Nature series also continues this fall with a Nature Weaving class 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, and a Recycled Christmas workshop 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. Make sure to call 712-336-6352 to pre-register by 4 p.m. the day before each class, as a minimum of five students is needed for each workshop to be held.
For more information about the Art & Nature, the Native Thanksgiving Hike the Wild or the Winter Survival Hike 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, please visit our website. You can also keep up with what’s happening at the nature center on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.