Huron Centennial explores heritage and aboriginal traditions – Seaforth Huron Expositor

by aanationtalk on November 12, 2012608 Views

By Melissa Murray, Seaforth Huron Expositor
Monday, November 12, 2012

Huron Centennial School welcomed retired teacher Brenda Collins from London to help them explore ideas of heritage as well as some aboriginal traditions last Monday and Tuesday.

Collins’ presentation included readers’ theatre, the explanation of the wampum belt and weaving techniques and she guided students in making a tile medicine wheel.

Collins, who is of Metis decent, created the design for the medicine wheel, which is made of about 6,500 tiles. It symbolizes the four seasons, morning to night and birth to old age, the seven directions, the four races of mankind and the four sacred medicines. The idea of the medicine wheel teaches students about inclusion and unity.

“When I look at it, it reminds me to be nice,” said Collins, adding that simple idea sums up the meaning of the medicine wheel.

Lorrie Goos’6/7 class made wampum belts out of beads during a short workshop on Monday.

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