This week we were very lucky to have a special presentation by First Nations Drummer, Richard Cardinal. Richard performed three songs for us. Richard sang in both English and Cree. He also talked to us about his drums and answered questions about when he started singing and dancing. Richard's drum was made from Elk hide which we found fascinating. While Richard was visiting we learned how to do the Round Dance, and we danced to one of his songs. This was a special afternoon for us, as one of our students participates as a "Grass Dancer" at traditional Round Dances and Pow Wows. It was fun for the rest of the class to experience a little piece of his culture. I loved watching how proud he was to share this with us.
This special afternoon was also a great tie in to our hearing and sound unit. I heard many students using science terms such as vibration and vocal cords!
Here is a picture collage and a video.
Here is a short video clip.