Our school embraced the spirit of Indigenous Peoples' Day with enthusiasm and a deep commitment to learning. From thought-provoking read-aloud sessions to immersive art experiences, our students had a day filled with valuable insights and meaningful connections. This led to thoughtful group discussions ranging from what “indigenous” means to why we now call this holiday Indigenous People’s Day rather than Columbus Day.
One of the highlights of our Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration was the engaging read-aloud sessions that captivated our students' imaginations. Our students gathered to listen to two incredible stories: Josie Dances by Denise K. Lajimodiere and Lila and the Crow by Gabrielle Grimard. These stories not only expanded our students' literary horizons, but also fostered empathy and respect for Indigenous cultures.
In Art class, our students had fun delving into Indigenous artistry. Guided by our Art teacher, Mr. Robert, they learned about the Lenape Bandolier Bag - a remarkable piece of Indigenous art and craftsmanship. It showcases the artistry and skills of the Lenape people, indigenous to the northeastern region of the United States. Our students not only admired the beauty of these bags, but also discovered the cultural stories and traditions woven into each one.
Indigenous Peoples' Day serves as a reminder of the importance of recognizing and honoring the diverse voices and cultures that enrich our society. We look forward to many more opportunities for our students to engage with Indigenous perspectives and continue their journey of learning and connection.