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Turner Talk


October 14, 2020


Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer visited the Turner School this past Thursday. She saw groups of students throughout the morning sharing her traditional knowledge with students and staff in the school.

Fischer describes the American Indian struggle for survival in often harsh conditions, triumph over hardships, and spiritual and creative achievements. She spoke of how the Indian peoples lived, their focus on food, clothing, and medicine, which came from the land and the world around them. She was raised in a traditional Indian environment, and has been sharing traditional knowledge for the past thirty years.

The students enjoyed her visit and she showed various beadwork, tools, clothing, and engaged the students in traditional indian games.

Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer (below) stands before the students at Turner speaking about traditional Indian life. She is an Annishinaabe artist and cultural consultant. She had the students participate in a smudging ceremony and traditional Indian games.


Two young 4-H girls of Blaine County recently made a very loving donation to the Peace Hospice home in Great Falls. The girls, Hannah and Isabella Van Voast of Turner, made two quilts for a 4-H project this past 4-H year. They entered them at the fair and then made a trip to Great Falls to present them to the Hospice home. This was a special place to the Van Voast girls, due to the fact that their grandfather, Jack Van Voast, was a patient at the very facility last summer. It was a day of mixed emotions remembering the memories of their Grandpa Jack. After a nice visit with one of the employees, the girls made their donation. They are shown here with their mother after their quilts were donated.

Shown are Isabella, Shannnon, and Hannah Van Voast. Both girls are fourth graders at the Turner School. They are the daughters of Alan and Shannon Van Voast. Thank you for making such beautiful quilts and also showing your love to a place that pays the favor of caring forward.


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