DVD to help Hmong enjoy the outdoors
Posted: 04/24/2011 12:01:00 AM CDT
The University of Minnesota has helped produce a DVD to teach Hmong immigrants more about how to hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors.
"Yos Hav Zoov" was written, acted, produced and directed by Hmong Minnesotans and is being distributed for free at community events this spring and summer.
The DVD uses a variety-show format with Hmong actors to teach about everything from using public lands to gun safety and which wild plants are safe. Smokey Bear even shows up to talk about fire prevention, in Hmong.
The project was led by Michele Schermann, a research fellow at the university. It received funding from the U.S. Forest Service.
Schermann says it was clear from her talks with immigrants that they wanted to enjoy the outdoors, but didn't always know the rules.
Good idea, Michele, but please spare us the "Don't know the rules" crap. As another news story noted this weekend, the Hmong have been in Minnesota for 35 years. Their pleas of ignorance of fish and game laws are long past credible.