Thursday, September 26, 2013

Celebrating Alberta Culture Days

Our school was a host site for Alberta Culture Days and we had an incredible day learning about the arts and culture.

We started our day going through the Wonderopolis that looked at "Who invented the hula hoop?".  That was to get us prepared for our first presentation by Teddy Anderson, who is a First Nations hoop dancer.  Not only did he amaze us with his hoop dancing but his message of kindness, love, unity and that we are all part of one family was very powerful for all of us. 
(The lighting in our gym isn't great for taking pictures, so they aren't great, but you'll at least get a bit of an idea of what we saw in this performance.)

 He was able to use 30 hoops at once!

One of our classmates got to help Teddy!

Our next presentation involved a Mexican woman sharing her culture with us.  She showed us pictures of Mexico and things that are important to Mexican culture.  We saw pictures of Mexican beaches, food, fiestas (celebrations) and families. 
She also told us about some of the games that the children in Mexico play.  Did you know that they play rock, paper, scissors there too?  Here are some some pictures of us playing it--except we had to say the words in Spanish!  Rock is "piedra", paper is "papel" and scissors is "tijeras".

We also tried the game we know as "telephone". 
In the afternoon, artists from our community came into our school to show their art.  Many of them were working on different pieces and we got to watch them and ask questions.  It was so interesting to see all of the different kinds of art--including cartooning, blacksmith, origami, drawing, painting, and photography.


After such an awesome day, we took some time to talk about our favourite parts.  Click here to see the padlet wall we created to share our thoughts.

We were wondering...

Have you seen Teddy Anderson perform?
How do you celebrate arts and culture?

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