C. Stevens

It is improtant that we teach the students basic skills in the forest.  Eskasoni is an area surronded by forest.  Everyones back yard connects to the forest in some way.  We teach students basic skills of every getting lost in the woods.  We teach to remain clam, stay in one spot, and making a survival fire.  we also stress that our ancestors had no lighters or a convient means to make a fire so we domonstrate making a fire with a flint.  

this was a pod cast done from stories of how the language is revitalization. we are on the first eposide of the post cast.  

what we do in culture and physical education

Lesson 5 (hoop dance) (any age group but the younger ones enjoy this the most)


This will require some work or previous knowledge that can be given before class from the home room teacher or the physical education teacher by assigning homework.  There is a couple of videos on you tube of very modern hoop dancing in a very modern setting and music.  It looks like a rock video and it appeals to a younger generation.  It is very relevant and meaningful for today's context of style.  


This is a link of the videos







Activity one (warm up)

The teacher will explain that they will be listening to pow wow music at that we are going to pow wow dance for our warm up.  The teacher will explain that there is no wrong moves just that we follow the beat of the music and keep moving for 3 minutes.  

Activity two

Background knowledge

The teacher will begin thwe class by starting to tell him about where the hoop dance came from   it came from the Anishinaabe culture which is a group of native americans that include  Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oji-Cree, Mississaugas, Chippewa, and Algonquin peoples.   A boy named Pukawiss created the hoop dance. Unlike the other boys, Pukawiss did not show an interest in running, swimming or hunting. He only wanted to watch the animals. His fascination with things drove his father's interest away from him towards his brother  therefore leading to everyone calling him Pukawiss: the disowned or unwanted. Pukawiss learned so much about life in the movements of eagles, bears, snakes that taking their life would have been wrong. The animals had much to teach human beings about values and relationship like loyalty, kindness and friendship. He made hoops and studied the nature.  He mimicked nature's movements thought the use of his hoops.  Pukawiss taught his village about the animals by spinning like an eagle in flight or hopping through grass like rabbits or bouncing like a baby deer. He became a dancer. So many villages wanted him to teach them about the ways of the animals that he had became the respected person in the village.  


The teacher will tell the students that the purpose of the hoop dance is to mimic nature.  You can mimic a flower blooming or an eagle flying.  The dance is your interpretation of the natural world.  You can make the world (wksitqamuk) and give a demonstration by taken several hoops and putting them together and forming a globe. You can also show and example of an eagle.  The teacher cannot be hesitant because the students will pick up on their reluctance and not participate.  You have to shed any pride you have and entertaining and be a willing ethustic participate. What the students come up with will amaze you.  


Activity two (hoop dance)

The teacher will distribute hoops accordingly and start the music, the perfect song for this is from a tribe called red “electric pow wow” the students know it and it resonates with youth. The students will dance and try different moves through the course of the song.  After the song identify the moves they you found unique and encourage students to share.  If they say that they were mimic something in the wild ask them what it is in english and than ask the entire class if anyone knows it in mi'kmaq that way no child is put on the spot for trying to answer a question they may not know the answer to.  Once the name is shared ask all the students to repeat the word in english and mi'kmaq.


Materials - stereo, song called electric pow wow, small hoops

 in closing the students will be very imagative with this activity.  they will have fun and you will be impresed with what students come up with.  


this is the leson of the snake dance.  the students take on the responsiblty of educationing themselves through a meanaful fun activity.  

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this activity can be used in culure class or in physical education class.  its really fun and the students enjoy it   

this lesson plan has several different activites a teacher may choose to do.  

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this is a game for lower grades.  it also enguages students in a warm up the mimics animals that uses their prior knowledge as spring boards to the activity.  

Compete lesson plan with GCO and SCOs included just print.  

I apologize for the video to be sideways. Im still fiddling with it.  this is a lesson just a regular soccer class outside.  i know that the students all have different levels of speaking and understanding the language especially in septemeber.  this activity just encourages students to tap into their previous knowledge and say the correct words.  this activity also encourages risk takers and leaders but having the students take on the role of the teacher and teach thier knowledge to the class and be valued. Students are tested but rather taught to assoicate speaking Mi'kmaq with having fun using postivie reinfocment.  You cannnot learn if it isnt meanful, relivant and fun!  in this video i am asking the students what is this in Mikmaq (tu'aqn- ball) and the action of (tekteskaq-Kicking)


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