Cultural Video Series

Storytelling, songs, and tribal culture

This week's cultural video

This week, Indian Education is sharing videos about the Otoe-Missouria's relationship with Lewis and Clark, as well as the family history of our presenter Kennetha Greenwood.

About Kennetha Greenwood, Otoe-Missouria

Kennetha Greenwood (Nyi K’omi) is Otoe-Missouria and has worked for her tribe for the past eleven years. She has fulfilled various capacities within the tribe as Creative Project Manager, accentuating their buildings, casinos, and hotel with traditional designs and images as well as creating logos and layouts for various programs and enterprises. Her art reflects the reverence and respect the tribe has for their beautiful surroundings which she often blends with a contemporary feel.

As you are watching this video, answer the following questions:

  1. Explain in your own words what the Otoe Flag song means for the Otoe-Missouria tribe.
  2. Describe the first meeting the Otoe-Missouria had with Lewis and Clark in 1804.
  3. Identify the sequence of events related to the “Certificate of Friendship” that was presented to Big Ax.
The Oklahoma Historical Society also has a video about the Otoe-Missouria's meeting with Lewis and Clark.

As you are watching this video, answer the following questions:

  1. What is finger weaving?
  2. What purposes did they have for the clothing?
  3. How are the designs that have been handed down incorporated with the presenter’s designs today?
My Otoe-Missouria Family by Kennetha Greenwood

Optional Extension Activity - Otoe-Missouria Ribbon Work Designs

Designs are special to Otoe-Missouria. Some designs are from when they lived in the woodland Great Lakes region.


1. One piece of blank white paper or a printer to print the design.

2. Crayons, colored pencils, or markers


Big picture
Big picture
In case you missed the first Otoe-Missouria videos, click this link here