First Peoples and Me
Spanning several weeks, this project builds bridges between primary school Cycle 2 students and First Peoples.
The students begin by visiting the McCord Museum, where they learn about the continuity between past and present as expressed in the clothing and accessories on display in our permanent exhibition Wearing our Identity – The First Peoples Collection. They gain an understanding of traditional Aboriginal garments and knowledge passed down from one generation to the next, which remain highly relevant today.
Back in the classroom, the students work together to create a wampum with the help of an Aboriginal artist. They also learn Aboriginal dances that blend tradition with modern life. Finally, guided for a number of weeks by a visual artist, they discover the history of the Great Peace of Montreal treaty, signed in 1701. Together, they create a joint work of art that’s representative of all of the students in the class.
The project closes with a pow-wow at the McCord Museum, where they proudly present their creations to family and friends in a festive atmosphere of dance, song and legend.
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