Hoka Hey! - Intercultural
recreation program for German and Native American youth in Colorado
(Southern Ute Indian Reservation) and California.
1999 Gunter Lange received the Lokale Agenda 21 Award from the city
of Konstanz for his intercultural exchange program Hoka Hey! The
project promotes solidarity and responsible contact with people and
other cultures. Participation is open to German and Native American
youth age 12 - 14. Some of the main goals of such an exchange are
the personal and respectful contact with other cultures, adventure,
and the experience with nature.
In the context of an "Indian Week" (1996) and the North
American Film Week (1998) sponsered by the Children`s Cultural Center
(KIKUZ Raiteberg), Konstanz children and youth have had first hand
experience with Native American culture through the participation
in workshops, games, and crafts as well as through personal contact
with Native American youth and their chaperones. Since the "Indian
Week" in the spring of 1996 there has been regular contact with
the Native Americans as part of the Indian delegation who were accomodated
by Konstanz families.
contacts have been met with such great interest, that it is time
now to initiate another visit - this time for German youth.
Partners cooperating with Gunter Lange:
Sonia Pe`taki Woman (Seneca Indian from California), Birgit Piontek
(Land Art Artist from Konstanz, Germany), "Youthtracks",
U.S. youth organization.
"The most difficult thing to learn is the ability to listen.
Through listening we learn our place in the universe."
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