Today Miss Sherry gave the honor of the Tribal Land Acknowledgement to a student. Rodney read the Land Acknowledgement.
Native Americans traditionally have not celebrated Christmas, but today we discussed some ways we can honor the Tribes this holiday. One way is in our giving. If you are donating this Holiday please consider adding in your local tribe.
We read Coyote Christmas, Wolf Christmas and Berry Song.
“Huckleberry, Soapberry, Strawberry, Crowberry” this lyrical song is beautifully written and takes you on a wonderful adventure.
A note from the author in the back of the book explains her connection to the story and to berry harvesting. It also includes reference to the role of berries in Tlingit traditions and the importance of protecting the land. It was the perfect wrap up to our celebrations of Native American Heritage month and the start of winter setting in with the big snow falls anticipated for this weekend. The beautiful back pages feature a variety of berries including their English and Tlingit names.
The kids made dream catchers. They actually began making dream catchers. Miss Abbie spoke with the kids about dream catchers.
We adapted a description of why we read a tribal acknowledgement from Stanford University. The students have learned the importance of the Land Acknowledgement and the respect it deserves. Today, Rodney did a beautiful job reading it.