THUNDER BAY, ON - October 31, 2009 - A brightly coloured tee pee and wigwam, birch bark, drums and other Aboriginal cultural artefacts great the visitor to the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in a colourful depiction of Nanabozhoo’s Teaching Lodge.
The Art Gallery is pleased to continue its long standing relationship with the Aboriginal community with the presentation of Nanabozhoo’s Teaching Lodge – an exhibition of learning and discovery as portrayed by students.
Students and educators from two Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board senior elementary schools – Pope John Paul and Bishop Gallagher Senior Elementary School - joined together with community groups, local elders, and the Beedaubin Art Collective and Alice Sabourin, along with the coordination of the School Board to deliver the curriculum based cultural program as an expansion of an existing Trickster Theatre Project funded through the Ontario Arts Council.
With guidance from Ojibwa elders Ella Gagnon and MaNee Chacabe, and help from local drummers and drama leaders, grade 7 and 8 students conjured a series of stories and skits about Nanabijou, also known as the legendary trickster.
Students were introduced to skills that enhanced their learning such as beading and appliqué. Drumming, oral story telling techniques and songs were introduced to enhance the oration of their stories.
Traditional knowledge regarding the appreciation of the spirit of the land, tanning hide, and honouring traditional language and food, were other areas enriching the program.
The exhibition will be up in the Gallery lobby exhibition space until November 11.