Friday, December 13, 2013

Tulalip Celebration

For our third cultural celebration, Jennifer and I planned a lesson about the Tulalip Tribes. She and I have been talking a lot about how to teach kids about native nations in a culturally sensitive way. Her excellent thoughts and suggestions are here.
At the beginning of month, we went to Hilbub Cultural Center in Tulalip, which had come highly recommended. I have to say, it is beautiful and the kids really liked the exhibits. I just wish we had come when the rotating exhibit was open.
Watching the dancing
The kid's favorite part was the model longhouse. We spent half our time in there.
Lushootseet words
Not surprisingly, there is a lot less information available for this then there was for, you know, Mexico. We did find lots of other cool things, like this awesome website that has all sorts of resources for learning the language. Moira thought it was really cool, and we made labels for all sorts of things in the house.
The star of the lunch was the gluten/dairy/seed/nut free fry bread made by Jillyn. She had tested it the night before, and was disappointed that the batch she made at my house wasn't as brown, but it was super delicious, so no one cared. We tried storing them in a cooler, which I had seen recommended on some recipes and that, kept it nice and warm for the whole 3 hours.
Soap canoes
We had a number of activities. The soap canoes were the most universally appealing. It was a lot harder than I had expected, but the kids were committed to it and almost everyone left with a boat big enough for one of Moira's Poly Pockets to ride in.
Jennifer brought the drum, blanket, and photos from her wedding. She explained the meaning behind the different parts of the ceremony, and let all the kids play the drum after showing us how to warm it up.
She also brought the supplies for paper weaving. Most kids did one, and then Moira wove all the leftovers. The kids who made it to Hilbub talked about the similarities between what they were doing and the examples they had on display at the museum.
A longhouse!
The last activity was supposed to be a collage, but I ended up not explaining my plan very much and the children just took the materials and ran in different directions. This was my favorite finished product, a very accurate version of a long house. I was very sad when it went home with it's owner.

Books! Click the title to see the whole list.

Tulalip Kids Books

Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest
5 of 5 stars
This was Moira's favorite book, of the ones we found. After reading this one, she wanted to search out other Raven stories. We also did some play where she was trying to steal the sun.
Sharing Our World
5 of 5 stars
I loved this whole series of books, but since they were board books, I couldn't put holds on them at the library. We happened to find this one. Davis really liked it, and it was interesting to see the modern versions of some of the anima...
Northwest Coast Native Animals
5 of 5 stars
I loved the art in this so much, I bought the coloring book version, even though neither of my kids is in to coloring books right now.
Frog Girl
5 of 5 stars
I love this story, and the art is beautiful. Moira loved figuring out who the underwater people were, and finding all the hidden symbols in their land.
Storm Boy
5 of 5 stars
This is very similar to Frog Girl, and we liked it. It's a little more action packed and looming though, so Frog Girl was better for Moira.

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