Angela Nguyen

How the Turtle Cracked its Shell
Angela Nguyen

Angela Nguyen

Stories are passed down from generation to generation.

I asked sixth grader Nathan Berglund, a member of the Northern Cheyenne and Lakhota tribes, what it was like to learn from elders in their tribe.

“It makes us feel connected to our culture because they know what will help us be better people,” Nathan said.

His friend Santino Decory — a member of the Ojibwe and Lakhota tribes — joined in, saying their elders share stories from long ago to teach them about values. He said they also help explain how some things came to be. He shared a story about the once smooth-shelled turtle and how it got its cracked shell.

Here’s a written version of the turtle story from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.

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