Sunday, November 20, 2011

Native American Day

Friday was Native American Day at Nathan's school. It was a lot of fun, even though it was cold. There were 5 different centers. Oh wait, first they had to dress in their Native American attire.

We started at the pictograph center. The kids used pictographs to tell a story on there "animal hide".

Then on to the friendship ceremony where each child made a friendship necklace with noodles, then drew a friends name out of a bag and presented their necklace with a compliment. It was cute, and the kids did great. The teachers were worried they might not like giving their necklaces away, but we had no problems.

Then we had to learn to hunt with spears and then spear a turkey. Once the turkey was dead they broke it open and ate the "turkey meat" -popcorn and jerky. I don't have picture of that, mother nature called, but Nathan still got some popcorn.

Next they learned about how important corn was, and they planted a seed and added a prayer stick for rain to it. Then the kids went fishing in the stream and learned about how they would dry their food.

Lastly we were at the drum station - by far the kids favorite station(not the parents) Each child decorated a drum around the "campfire" and listened to music. Then they got up an danced around the fire.

It was a fun and informative day.


Anonymous said...

That's so cool! I'm so glad schools are doing this nowadays instead of teaching only from the pilgrims perspective when more than half of the students have native blood in them. It looks exactly like Ben's Native American day from last year. So fun.

Jen said...

Oh my goodness, that is so cute. If I had more energy, I would try to replicate it. How fun for him...and you.