Passing on Tradition is a mentoring program for Native Girls by Native Women. Mentoring is a contemporary term, but American Indians and Alaska Natives have taught their values, customs, and skills through observation and hands-on activities since time immemorial. Historically, the matrilineal structure of many tribes revered women as the givers of life who taught youth their roles and the expectations for behavior in tribal societies. Today, at a time when such guidelines are needed more than ever for Native youth to excel and even to survive in unhealthy homes, such constructive exampling is often absent.
In the NIWHRC program called, Passing on Tradition, Indian women from tribal communities across the country were recruited and trained in mentoring protocol.
The NIWHRC staff are available to assist communities that are interested in setting up a mentoring program.
Staff and consultants provide training in the following areas: