maple leaf Wholistic Curriculum

There are two goals for First Nations education:

  1. to reinforce a strong sense of First Nations identity, through cultural activities, and
  2. to make a good living in modern society.

The essence of wholistic curriculum is to do the following:


Example: Drummaking
ACTIVITY SKILLS COMMENTS
1. DRUM MAKING WOOD WORKING
  • Wood bending
  • Working with wood working tools
HIDES
  • Working with hides
LEARNING ABOUT DRUMS
  • Philosophy of drums
  • Importance of drums
ART
  • First Nations' art styles
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Learning how to use basic woodworking tools
  • Interfacing two types of materials, wood and hide, with different shrinking/expanding characteristics
  • Research/make drums from other cultures
  • Learn about various First Nations' art styles such as West Coast Art
  • ing inks/paints/etc.
2. SINGING & DANCING LEARNING SONGS/DANCES
  • Research local songs/dances
  • Interviewing of elders/singers/dancers
PERFORMING
  • Learning how to do basic research, including use of tape recorder, framing questions, showing respect by presenting elder with gift, learning the local protocol around use of songs and dances, etc.
  • Learn how to public speak and perform in public
3. MAKING REGALIA BUTTON BLANKETS
  • Sewing
  • Research family crests & clans
  • West Coast art on appliqué
  • Holding a Button Blanket Ceremony
DRESSES/LEGGINGS/SHIRTS
  • Styles
  • Sewing
  • Beading
HEADGEAR/ETC
  • Other regalia important to the local community
  • Learning about self in relationship to the community
  • Learning how to take an art form and modify it to fit a different medium
  • Cultural research
  • Potluck = cooking/planning/etc.
  • Cultural changes that have occurred
4. TOURING PLANNING
  • Where to go
  • How to "sell" group
  • Fund-raising
TOURING
  • Booking performances
  • Booking hotel rooms
  • Budget monitoring
  • Getting along
  • Math
  • Reading/writing
  • Self-esteem
  • Cultural awareness
  • Sharing culture with others
  • Professional conduct
  • All kinds of activities that relate to achieving a goal
5. EXPANSION BUSINESS
  • How to use hide remnants
  • Cultural awareness
  • Bookkeeping
  • Running a small business
TEACHING
  • Teaching younger students to sing/dance, make drums, etc.
STICK GAMBLING
  • Bringing community into a cultural activity in a positive way
  • Start small business selling remnants by designing rattles/small drums/etc and advertise and selling kits
  • Computers to monitor accounts and write letters/etc.
6. MONITOR COMMUNITY INPUT
  • Community helps give direction to what is being done
7. OTHER IDEAS SNOWSHOE MAKING
  • How to make snow shoes
  • Using them afterwards
  • Bush safety
  • Winter travel
  • Helping others
  • Etc.
  • Making snowshoes and NOT using them degrades the value of snowshoes. Snowshoes were an important way of travelling. They were also important in creating determination, character, etc. in a person. But to create determination and character, the snowshoes must be use in real life situations.


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