“Four Directions Teachings celebrates Indigenous oral traditions by honoring the process of listening with intent as each elder or traditional teacher shares a teaching from their perspective on the richness and value of cultural traditions from their nation.
In honor of the timelessness of Indigenous oral traditions, audio narration is provided throughout the site, complimented by beautifully animated visuals. In addition, the site provides free curriculum packages for grades 1 to 12 to further explore the vast richness of knowledge and cultural philosophy that is introduced within each teaching. The curriculum is provided in downloadable PDF and can also be read online through the Teacher’s Resources link.
The elders and traditional teachers who have shared a teaching on this site were approached through a National Advisory Committee of Indigenous people concerned with the protection and promotion of Indigenous knowledge. This committee was formed directly for the purposes of this website to ensure a community based approach that was respectful and accountable.”
“As Cree people, we were given the gift of being named for the four parts of human beings. Nehiyawak, we were called. It means being balanced in the four parts that are found in the four directions of the Medicine Wheel. These four parts for human beings are the spiritual, physical, emotional and mental aspects of the self. We need to try and balance these four parts that were given to us, to function as people.” ~ Elder Mary Lee
Prelude has been used as a core resource by two programs, ChangeItUp and Discovering Strengths Toolkit for the past four years. Both are designed to support Aboriginal youth and young adults learning to become entrepreneurs.
“Prelude falls in line with our Medicine Wheel for the Woodland Cree People. It has helped us in identifying who we are as individuals … It really was effective in pulling our group together.” ~ Nora Yellowknee, Curriculum Supervisor, Bigstone First Nation, Alberta