Wednesday morning we had some very special guests in our school. Mr. Child, who is the District Principal of First Nations programs, brought his wife and three girls to visit. They showed us the regalia they were wearing and brought many beautiful button blankets for us to look at. We learned that the blankets tell a story and that the designs on the blankets all mean something.
Then Coreen, Mr. Child’s wife, shared a very special dance with us called the Dance of the Echo Spirit. Mr. Child drummed and sang as Coreen danced. The girls were her attendants and helped her to make the mask transform to go along with the story. Mrs. Child is a professional dancer and is often asked to perform this dance on occasions because of her dancing abilities and so we are very lucky and thankful that she shared it with us.
After the dance it was noon and Mariah, Natalya, and Kiara joined our class to have lunch and play on the playground. They also got to stay for a round of Daily 5 and read with us.
What a special morning!
Justin-My favourite part of the morning was looking at the button blankets and watching the dancing. I was very interested in the drumming and the singing too. I think it must have been very hard to sew the blankets.
Lily-I loved the whole entire thing. I liked the button blankets and that they all had different designs.
Sophie-I thought the button blankets were very pretty. I thought the prettiest was the one with the wolves.
Ana-I thought the aprons, the button blankets, and the head pieces were amazing. I learned that they make head pieces out of cedar and ermine fur.
Oceana-My favourite things were the dance, the blankets, and the clothing the four girls wore.
Niall-I enjoyed all of it, but especially the dance.
Karin-I thought the dance and the drumming was great. I just loved the music!
Fay-I liked everything, especially all the neat designs on the button blankets.
Jenny-I loved the button blanket that had the eagle on it.
Jordan-I thought the dance was interesting. I learned that some people can sew a blanket in 5-7 days.
Dante-I thought the dance was cool. I liked the whole thing! There was so much I really liked about it.
Silkence-I liked the dance because the girl kept changing the mouth of the mask.