Spelling list: 'ow' words + First Nations vocabulary. Students received the list on Mon. Jan. 15 - test to be held on Mon. Jan. 22, 2018.
Homework: The Mistakes of Old Man - Assigned: Fri. Jan. 19. Due: Mon. Jan. 22
This week we began talking about how stories of Aboriginal peoples tell us about their beliefs regarding the relationship between people and the land. In class, Mr. Brewer read from the book: Raven's Greatest Creation by David Bouchard and we also listened to the author narrate the legend. The story tells about the origins of human beings. As a means of introducing this topic, students were shown a very famous piece of Haida sculpture that may be seen in the UBC Museum of Anthropology:
The sculpture was made by Bill Reid whose mother was Haida. The title of this work is: Raven and the First Men.
Also during this week's lessons students learned about a World Heritage site in Southern Alberta called Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump. In this place, people of the Blackfoot First Nation drove herds of buffalo over a steep cliff. By this means they were able to kill many of these animals in order to use their bodies for sustenance. The buffalo was the primary food of the Blackfoot people. In a video we viewed in class, a cultural interpreter at the site explained that the buffalo helped his people to endure the cold winters. Buffalo hides were used for clothing, bedding, teepee covers and saddlebags. Bones were used arrow shafts, needles and saddle horns. The meat was used as food like pemmican which could keep for a long time. In this week's spelling list there are many words related to our current unit such as: teepees, powwows, artifacts, bison and travois.