C. Stevens

Bush Cooking

Today we went over how to start a fire using natural fire starters around the woods.  We also went over how children went out into the woods to collect fire wood as part of our responsibly growing up as Mi’kmaq.  We hung up our moose meat for slow cooking and we made baked potato’s fired in butter as a side. 

This is one lesson of many bellow will be the brief explanation of each.  

Food - Cattail produces more edible starch than almost any green plant.  Cattail is more nutritious than rice, or potatoes but the fibers are not to be eating. You must extract the starch and not eat the fibers to avoid getting sick. 

Fire starting -The dried spikes make for excellent torches when soaked in animal fat or alcohol. only soak the top of the cat tail.  the torch can last for hours.    The end-of-season fluffy cattails are the ideal tinder.

Medicine - The medicinal uses of cattails include poultices made from the split and bruised roots that can be applied to cuts, wounds, burns, stings, and bruises. The ash of the burned cattail leaves can be used as an antiseptic or styptic for wounds. A small drop of a honey-like excretion, often found near the base of the plant, can be used as an antiseptic for small wounds and toothaches.

The root is also used for sore throat.  Dried the root is cut into pieces and chewed to relive pain.

The root can also be dried and than grind into a fine powered.  The powered is than mixed with goose grease. The sab is used as antibiotic cream and mild pain reliver. 

Following is part of our Drum Group performance.  this young student with the help of her mother and grand parent took my idea of singing have you seen the rain and made into reality.  Our students take traditional songs/dance and preform.  they also use a very ancient language and use it into their everyday lives.  They use the ancient language into actives that are engaging in a modern context where they are more related to.  We have also preformed AC/DC Thunder Struck in Mi’kmaq

Any song can be translated and be a class project.  This way they can relate to modern songs and use a language in a meaningful way

This is our respected elder Sugar Poulette teaching the students how to play the Mi’kmaq game of waltes.  the students are taught how to play and when historically would be times to use such a game .  

on instructions on how to play waltes please click on the link below.

https://www.cbu.ca/indigenous-affairs/unamaki-college/mikmaq-resource-centre/miscellany/the-game-of-waltes/

Dare to Dance

Each year, to 70 schools and more than 14,500 kids, teachers and staff participating from across the province during the national dance week of April 22-29th

The challenge is for a school to have their students (and staff) dance for 20 minutes some time during the week. 

This year the ESK school participated and had speakers set up outside for the week.  Each day the music had different themes.  one day would be powwow songs, traditional, kojuia,  dance, hip hop and any many others 

Very fun and everyone enjoyed

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

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)

We wanted to show the students the behavoir of some animals and how they would be trapped traditionaly.  we used sever differet plets and traps and demonstrated in a safe setting how each trap works 

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