|Miywasin - First Nations Cultural Day at WG|
|Saturday, 02 June 2012 04:53|
"On a Good Day, On That day, He Walks. I was named after the Sun." - Joseph Naytowhow
As Joseph and the William Grayson students raised the first three tipi poles, there was a wave of excited 'ooohs' and "awes" from the William Grayson Students and community. Joseph shared stories with William Grayson students as they sat in a circle in the tipi erected under his direction on the afternoon of Thursday May 24, 2012. Originally from Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan, Joseph is known for his distinctive style of Cree/English storytelling.
After being presented with tobacco from the organizer of the First Nations and Métis Cultural Day, Ms. Marilyn Pavier, the afternoon began with an opening prayer from Barb Frazer, Indigenous educator. Joseph then proceeded to talk to the students about the significance of the tipi poles, and then had students participate in erecting the tipi. Students had opportunity to experience: Aboriginal Games, Creating their own tipi with Raven Thundersky and Storytelling by Joseph (inside the tipi). Of course, bannock and homemade preserves were offered during the day. These were made by William Grayson's own Isabel Morrison.
The afternoon events were followed with a traditional feast of soup (homemade by WG's SCC members) and bannock. The William Grayson families and greater community was invited to partake in the feast from 3:30- 4:30 PM. The day was a huge success and provided students an opportunity to learn this way of life. Many students will remember Joseph's stories, his singing, hid jigging and his Buffalo hide drum.
|Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 19:20|