Korean Culture Exchange with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Leech Lake Area - Eagleview Unit

Every year during the first week in August, Club members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Leech Lake Area - Eagleview Unit welcome guests from New York who are part of a Korean/Ojibwe cultural exchange. While these visitors currently live in New York, they are originally from Korea and visit the Club to spend time with the youth from the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation.

The week was full of activities for the guests and youth to share and learn! There were planned group recreation games such as kickball, basketball, tag, or volleyball. Club members sampled Korean dishes such as squid, fish, noodles, and rice and arts and crafts projects included nail and face painting, as well as creating bracelets, necklaces, and dream catchers.

On August 8th, Club members took a field trip to Sugar Point, MN to meet with more Korean visitors and area youth groups. Everyone enjoyed a day filled with cultural exchange activities including special presentations from the Korean guests and a mini powwow from area youth and Club members and staff. Club members also enjoyed sharing their culture by wearing their regalia and demonstrating different kinds of Ojibwe dance, such as jingle, fancy shawl, and grass dance. Ojibwe traditional foods were brought to the event for everyone to enjoy including wild rice, fry bread, cornbread, berries, and fish. Club members had fun making new friends, learning about the Korean culture, and sharing their own culture. They are looking forward to next year's visit from the Korean/Ojibwe cultural exchange!