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July 21, 2012

Grand Vision For a Native American Village

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.

Native Village

Native Village Charette – Illustration by Sue Van Horn

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


Aanii Boozhoo

Midwest SOARRING Foundation invites all people to gather into an ever-increasing wider circle that preserves Mother Earth, and the rich traditions of the ancestors. We invite you to learn about the many intertribal Native American lifeways that provide wisdom and direction in our contemporary world. In keeping with this path, Midwest SOARRING Foundation works to maintain the traditions of the ancestors and to conserve and restore to health the natural environment.

We invite you to join our circle. Dance at our pow wows. Attend our cultural events and support the bison herd-our nation's greatest herbivore and symbol of hope and survival for all people. As you listen, you will learn. Together we become the Spirit of the ancestors.

Joseph Standing Bear Schranz

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