Native Aboriginal Culture at SBA!
November 12th marked the yearly return of the native and dance program for the grade 10 religion students. Recently there has been some changes in the scheduling for this event, however it returned with a bang. Not only was it an interesting for the students, but they managed to learn something from the event. The event began with an introduction from one of the lead drummers who described the overall positive affect that the Native Aboriginal culture has on our society, as well as the meaning behind some of the instruments and dresses that were brought along. One thing is for sure, the students were drawn to the clothes that were worn. Either during rituals or dancing purposes, they were astonishing. One male dancer was covered with a multitude of different variety of colors. From green to lime or orange to blue, you name it and it was worn as a thread, feather or design. A female dancer was covered in all white, as traditional clothing and one was covered in patterns of pink, blue, violet, and indigo. Despite their different clothes, they each have their own dance they portray to the beat.
The bright clothed dancer was constantly jumping, running, doing flips and moving quickly. One female dancer was simply turning left and right while bending her and stretching her knees in a slow movement. And the last dancer was dancing in a moderate speed while crossing her legs, hopping and using her bird feather fan to the beat. Each of these colors and their dance moves symbolises the spirit that they are conveying and their own personal self with the items attached to their clothing. Due to this, one student asked “Why do you hold a bird fan?” in which the head dancer explains with a story.
One day a bird sees many humans dancing and wants to join in, however being of its sharp claws it in unable to do the flips and fast turns that humans are able to do. The bird then gives some of its feathers to the humans so that when they dance, the bird is with them, following their footsteps. The First Nations people value their bird fans as it would be seen as disrespectful if a stranger was to touch it.
Overall this was a positive experience to all the grade 10 religion students here at Saint Brother Andre CHS. This event showed students the beauty of the native aboriginal culture and how it might have grown much stronger without their past with assimilation. This is truly one of the events that will really make us think about the beauty of each culture.