Friday, November 22, 2013
The Night Before Pow Wow
Are we ready for tomorrow? The children beaded the shakers this morning (out last costume project), we had our last practice with the entire Kindergarten (over 200 little Natives!), the costumes pieces so lovingly prepared by parents and teachers are in Ziploc bags at each child's seat labeled with each child's Native American name, the special decorated brown paper bags were sent home today for bag lunches tomorrow, we know our songs and dances, and this afternoon as I left school, the mighty teepee was ready to go up around the flag pole.
The tepee came from the imagination of Media Specialist KK Cherney and the creativity of longtime Creek volunteer JB Boyd and Karen Willet and the help of countless others. When it is erected it will seat an entire class of 36 with their parents and is one of the most endearing parts of our day. Our live performance of six individual tribes is presented first thing in the morning but the day is filled with exciting centers to give the children experiences to help them understand the Native culture. For our class, the visit to the tepee and the talking stick of Peaceful Waters (known as Miss KK) will be the perfect end to our day!
I feel so fortunate to work at a school where the entire faculty comes together to make possible such an impressive event for our children. The Resource teachers will teach Native songs tomorrow, will host a tasting center, will let the children paint with natural dyes, will tell stories and will have the children make Native medallions from clay. The kinder teachers will provide their lunch - such a small payment for such a large contribution. The Principal and Assistant Principal will be dressed as Native Chiefs and will host our live presentation. I mean - Wow! No wonder I can't sleep!