Education Extension

THE PEOPLE OF THE LONGHOUSE
CLANS AND NATIONS OF THE SIX NATIONS CONFEDERACY


Grade level:  6- 8 Length: 1 hour

This workshop will cover:

  • how the Political Organization of the Iroquoian Confederacy began
  • the 6 different Nations and the 9 different clans
  • how the clan system works  
  • the meaning of Haudenosaunee and Onkwehon:we and why we use these terms to describe who we are as First Nations people

 
Grade level 3-5 Length : 1 hour

This workshop will cover:

  • the clans and Nations of the Six Nations
  • focus on the 9 different Clans
  • create cardboard cutouts and use them to play a game to help illustrate how the Clan system brought peace and strength to the people of the Longhouse
  • the learning of a song


Cost of workshop:    

$50.00 plus
$0.435/km mileage


CORN AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT TO FIRST NATION CULTURE

Grade level: K-6 Length: 1.5 hour

This workshop will cover:

  • corn as an important staple to the Iroquoian people who were agriculturalist
  • how every part of the corn plant was used by the Iroquoian people from the stock, leaves, husks and cobs to all the foods and medicines that were made
  • (k-4) This lesson will be spun within a story of a little girl eating her favourite food – Corn Soup and wanting to know how her grandmothers’ corn ended up in her bowl!
  • (5/6) I give a PowerPoint presentation on the importance of Corn not only in First Nations culture but in many items we use today
  • As well as the Legend of the “Corn Husk Doll People and Why they have no faces”
  • Grade 3-6 participants of this workshop will have the opportunity to make a cornhusk doll ( this involves being able to tie and braid)
  • Kindergarten TO grade 2 will make a coloured corn cob out of clay

Cost of workshop:

$75.00 plus
$ 3.00 per participant for materials plus
$ 0.435/km mileage


BEADING AND MOCASSIN MAKING  
*note moccasin will be made of clay

Grade level:  6- 8, Secondary and Adults, Length: 2-3 hours

Before making a moccasin or beading it we first need to understand its history. In this workshop we will learn a little geographical history of the different moccasin styles and we will explore the unique styles of beading used by the Iroquois, Algonquin and Ojibway Nations.  During this workshop participants will be given an opportunity to design the beading that would be applied to a moccasin and understand the style and meaning of the patterns. *Participants will make a moccasin toe in clay and apply real beads bringing an appreciation and understanding of what the moccasin means to First Nations people.   

Cost of workshop:      

$100 plus  
$3.00 per participant for materials plus  
$0.435/km mileage


THE BEADING AND STYLES OF THE IROQUOIS FLAT PURSE
*note the flat purse will be made of clay

Grade level:  6- 8, Secondary and Adults Length: 2 hours

We will take a look at the history of why these beaded flat purses were made and the unique beading patterns that were used in the early 1800’s.  We will also take a look at the symbols used and understand the meanings.  Participants will create a flat purse using clay and design a beading pattern than use real beads to recreate.    

Cost of workshop:    

$100 plus  
$3.00 per participant for materials plus  
$0.435/km mileage


CREATION STORY  

Grade Level: 1- 4 Length: 1 1/2 hours

The Iroquoian Creation Story will be told accompanied with some artists rendering of the story.  The participants will learn who the first woman was, where she came from and why North America is known to First Nations as Turtle Island. Participants will create a mobile to help them remember the story.  

Cost of workshop:    

$75.00             
$3.00 per participant for materials plus
$0.435/km mileage


A PORTRAIT OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE

Grade level:  6- 8, Secondary and Adults Length: 2 hours

This creative and educational workshop will provide an insight into some fascinating First Nations people of history and contemporary times.  Researched material will be provided and together we will create a Mixed Media Collage that will reveal our new found understanding and appreciation of First Nations People.  

Cost of workshop:      

$100.00 plus  
$3.00 per participant for materials plus  
$ 0.435 km/hr mileage
 


FIRST NATIONS STEREOTYPES AND RACISM

Grade level:  6- 8, Secondary and Adults. Length: 1.5 hours    

This presentation will focus on the stereotypes that have distorted the image of First Nations people across North America.  

We will view 2 short films:

“For Angela”  A dramatic story of racism and empowerment, inspired by the experience of Rhonda Gordon and her daughter, Angela.

“I’m Not The Indian You Had In Mind” Is a spoken word short written and narrated by Thomas King.  It explores the stereotypical portrayal of First Nations Peoples in the media.

We will discuss:

  • Some of the images and sterotypes that have come from the media
  • Fantasies and Myths
  • Stereotypes of First Nations People
  • Past and Present
  • What we look like
  • Where we live
  • What we live in
  • What we wear
  • What our livelihood was and is today
  • The truth

We will discuss the meaning of “Stereotype” and talk a bit about how any group can be stereotyped – women, men, different races, age, abilities, religion and so on…
 
Cost of workshop:    

$75.00     
$ 0.435 km/hr mileage 


THANKSGIVING ADDRESS

Grade Level 3-6 Length: 1 hour

The Thanksgiving Address will be shared.  We will talk about it’s meaning and it’s importance in the Haudenosaunee culture.   Sections of the Thanksgiving Address will be reproduced

  • using clay
  • or a small painting on canvass

Cost of workshop:    

$50.00 plus  
$3.00 per participant for materials plus  
$0.435/km mileage


FIRST NATIONS CONTRIBUTIONS  

Grade Level 3-6 Length: 1.5 hour

This PowerPoint presentation celebrates the many contributions of the First Nations people.

  • First Nations aid to European Settlers
  • First Nations food Cultivation and medicines
  • corn and all it’s contributions past and present

Participants of this workshop will have the opportunity to make a cornhusk doll - this involves being able to tie and braid

Cost of workshop:    

$75.00 plus              
$ 3.00 per student for materials
$0.435/km mileage


UNDERSTANDING THE TATTOO ART OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE

Grade level:  6- 8, Secondary and Adults Length: 2 hours

The purpose of this workshop is to reveal some of the mystery of tattooing. Revealing the story behind the ink, of the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse), other indigenous cultures, what the symbols mean and how we can honour our own beliefs and lives using this ancient art form.

This session will include:

  • a presentation of Haudenosaunee traditional First Nations tattoos and the meaning of symbols
  • participants will design a tattoo using symbols of the Haudenosaunee
  • these designs will be put on temporary transfers so that it can be tried on
  • an image of each participant will be taken so that they may draw their design on for an art piece

Cost of workshop:      

$100 plus  
$3.00 per participant for materials plus  
$0.435/km mileage


INDIGENOUS PLANTS OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Grade level: 6- 8, Secondary and Adults Length: 2 hours  

Environmental and Cultural Art based workshop that introduces healing and food plants and their cultural importance to First Nations people. Participants will learn about some of the plants, and from images provided reproduce them using watercolour painting.    

Cost of workshop:      

$100 plus  
$3.00 per participant for materials plus  
$0.435/km mileage


IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE WORKSHOPS OR HAVE ANY QUESTION PLEASE CONTACT ME:

Lorrie L. Gallant
Education Extension Officer
Woodland Cultural Centre
184 Mohawk Street, P.O. Box 1506
Brantford Ontario
N3T 5V6

519.759.2650  Ext. 256
info@littlelorrie.ca