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With cultural differences constantly present, our group has learned so much about the history and culture of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe. Over the weekend, we traveled 2 hours south of our home base to an annual traditional powwow. Members of the Sioux tribe from all over the Midwest and Canada were present. Dances and songs were performed, including a tribute to the community of Native American armed forces veterans.
A local family has opened their home to me for the duration of our time here. I have enjoyed getting to know this family, their stories, and the challenges they face. Living with a family and spending time in their home has provided me with a glimpse of their place in time and within this country.
As a student and academic who is greatly interested in cultural differences and similarities, the experiences I have had have been nothing short of eye-opening. With as much preparation, reading and researching as you can do, you’re never really ready for that cultural shift, even within your own country.
- Claire Kirchoff, doctoral candidate, Curry School of Education
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2016 CGH Kelly McCain in South Africa
2016 Ram Family CGH Scholars in India: Claudia Muratore, Mary Long and Ashwanth Samuel
Pilot soccer clinic in Town Two, Khayelitsha. During this moment, one of the coaches was creating a space for his children to share any stories or challenges they were facing in their lives.
Photo Credit: CGH Scholar, Melissa Mallory, South Africa
Photo Credit: Bethany Gordon, CGH Scholar 2017, Gyumri, Armenia
PureMadi scholars in Hammanskraal, South Africa, 2016
Photo Credit: Vatsal Patel - Guatemala
Photo Credit: Cherise Green - Rwanda