What a spectacular week we’ve had! We were so fortunate to have five special events this week.
Monday was basket day. We used raffia and a paper form to create small baskets using our weaving skills. We did this because the Chinook people were skilled weavers and we want to experience as much of their culture as possible. This proved to be quite challenging to some of the kids, but the finished products are still pretty cute.
Tuesday was bead day. With our buddies, we used air-dry clay to make beads we’ll use for our Chinook simulation. We made beads to wear, beads to give as a gift and beads to trade. If they dry in time, we’ll paint them next week.
Wednesday was mask day and Eagle Song day. The Funky Monkeys prepared a multi-media spectacular assembly for us. We heard a great story with accompanying dancing, musical instruments and monologues. The kids were entranced. Our clay mask-making was hugely successful. Great thanks goes to Ms. VanDyke and Mrs. Nelson for helping with the project. Thank you also to all of you who sent your nice clean rolling pins and received in return, very dirty rolling pins. The masks need to dry for a couple weeks and then we’ll fire them. The finished product will have a wire attached so it can adorn the walls of your home.
Thursday was field trip and Tapestry of Tales day. Our field trip to Pinkalicious was so fun. What a great opportunity for the kids to visit a beautiful downtown theater and see a fun play. Ask your child about the dangers of eating pink cupcakes. The Tapestry of Tales play was presented by Multnomah County Library. This program was essentially the result of a grant. A couple of the teachers wrote a proposal last year to acquire this presentation and the accompanying teaching materials. Tapestry of Tales teaches children about oral storytelling. What a perfect tie-in to our study of the Chinook.
Next week is the culminating event for our study of Chinook culture. We will enjoy a feast (real berries and salmon) and trade our beads.