Joseph Standing Bear Schranz, founder and director of Midwest SOARRING Foundation, envisions a Native American village located on the grounds of the Midwest SOARRING Foundation Cultural Center. The great Potwatami nation once occupied this very land until they were forceably removed in 1834 to territory west of the Mississippi. Their home land encompassed the eastern border of Wolf Road and extended into what is now Oakbrook.
Joseph’s dream is to recreate a cultural Indigenous village that will provide an educational experience for everyone curious about Native American lifeways. Scout troops, seniors, school field trips, and park district groups will all be able to tour the site and learn about indigenous culture in a secluded, peaceful and natural setting.
“My goal is to touch people’s hearts and instill respect for the earth and all living things,” says Joseph Standing Bear Schranz.
Plans for the authentic recreated village will get underway in mid August 2012 with the mulching of the village pathways and fire pit seating area initially as an Eagle Scout project. Included in the village will be a long house with ceremony, wigwam, tipi, and several fire circle areas.
When the village is complete visitors will be able to:
- sample native food,
- hear Native flute music,
- flintknap (make an arrowhead),
- learn about blacksmithing and weaving,
- listen to Native American storytelling,
- try their hand at native crafts and beading,
- identify local prairie and woodland plants along with their valuable uses,
- and experience a deep connection with the natural world integral in Native American spirituality.
If you would like to support Midwest SOARRING Foundation’s vision, you can participate in this exciting project. View our wish list.
We look forward to meeting you personally at one of our events.
Midwest SOARRING Foundation Board