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Most of the stories begin, a long, long time ago: “Way back when the world was new, deep and dark in the forest, Moose didn’t have antlers…,” Molly Seibel begins her myth, “How Moose Got His Antlers.” In telling “How Night Came To Be,” Mary Feyrer begins, “Back when the earth was young, all the people and animals lived together on the Great Plains….”
At parent night, the students open the Pow Wow with a Poem, “Circles.” The poem embodies native belief so the Pow Wow opens with all the 4th graders standing in a circle around the Multi and reciting the poem. Recently signing has been added to the recitation.
Everything an Indian does is in a circle
because the power of the world
always works in circles,
and everything tries to be round.
The sky is round,
and the earth is round like a ball,
and so are all the starts.
The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.
Birds make their nests in circles,
for their religion is the same as ours.
The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle.
The moon does the same and both are round.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing
and always come back again to where they were.
The life of man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and
so it is in everything where power moves.
After the opening the parents and guests are treated to a “museum” of artifacts; an original myth from each class is read and both artwork from the classrooms and work done in the Art room are on display.
All the kids read their myths in smaller groupings.
They are carefully researched because the details in them are wonderful.
The structures are left on display in the library long after the unit of study ends, so all children in the school can study them.
The Pow Wow has become an event that the fourth graders look forward to.
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