Kerrobert Central School Cultural Week
From April 15-19, 2013, Kerrobert School hosted Cultural week for their students to experience different styles of art, dance, storytelling, film and food from a variety of world cultures. Special guests that attended the week long activities included Jannie Corrigal, Sherron Burns, Ashley Johnson, Moe Clark, Joseph Naytowhow, Tyson Wuttunee and the Red Pheasant Dancers and Two Nations Drumming group. Along with the visiting guests, Rehana Sultana, a new teacher to Kerrobert, provided beautiful traditional henna decorations on hands to students and guests throughout the week as a celebration of her Indian culture.
Métis artist, Jeanne Corrigal, visited Kerrobert School to show her film “The Jim Settee Story” about her father. Students learned about his life, the values he teaches and had some hands on activities to engage with the story. On Thursday, students were signed up to work with different guest artists – Moe introduced them to spoken word poetry and her looping machine, Ashley taught social dance with creative dance, Sherron led students in their mandela designs on silk hoops, Joseph told stories and teachings about First Nation worldview and the treaties. The week’s activities capped off with a community Powwow in the gym, with the drummers and dancers from Red Pheasant First Nation and Joseph explaining to the audience what each dance means, and the origins of each. The community was then asked at the end of the dance performances to join in for a community round dance.
Special thank you to everyone that attended to support the week’s activities, the special guests that shared their talents with our students, and Tyson Wuttunee and the Red Pheasant Drummers, Gerald Moosomin, Frankie Moosomin and Ronnie Moosomin and Dancers, Ryan Bugler (Men’s Traditional), Myles Baptiste (Grass), Cyrina Bull (Jingle), Madison Baptiste (Fancy), Marcella Bird (Woman’s Traditional) and of course, Berkley Phillips Wuttunee (Fancy).