Aboriginal Helping Teachers are working with Carol Sirianni to develop music resources specifically for our district. Here are some songs written and performed by our own Marlene Brajak. Teachers in Surrey may teach children these songs Find the Light, Friendship Song, Oh Big Drum). It is also appropriate for them to perform the songs too! Please recognize Marlene Brajak as the artist who wrote the songs. Music and lyrics are available (click on the link above)! You need to be logged onto the HUB to access these songs!
Two new songs created by Surrey School District students! Music videos will be released very soon!
- Elementary Song - just released! Show Us The Waywww.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV9AUQoqfAc
- Elementary Song - Instrumental Version
We appreciate that teachers are respecting that songs and stories may belong to families and communities and that some are not meant for sharing. It is for this reason, we are attempting to get songs that may be taught in our schools specifically by non-Aboriginal Teachers.
We hope to continue this project next year to include lessons related to Visual Arts, Dance and Drama.
Northwest Coast Form Line Design - although we don't have the kit to support this unit there is some amazing information in this unit. Templates, definitions of shapes we see in First Nation art and so much more!
Understanding protocols and appropriate in Arts - a great video developed by the Ontario Arts Counsil
Great article about Coast Salish Weaving
This site has been archived but it has lots of good information about the history of pow wows. It describes the types of dances and contains details about they lyrics and pitch of pow wow songs.
- Teachers, check out ArtStarts for ideas, field trip possibilities and grants! http://artstarts.com/home
Readers Theatre Scripts
- Little Bear's Vision Quest
- Frog Girl
- Storm Boy
- The Stolen Sun
- Fish in The Floodlights (Salmonoids in the classroom resource guiding with several awesome readers theatre scripts)
There are numerous books available that teach components of Aboriginal Art. The Learning By Doing series and the Learning by Design series are two examples of books that teach about the shapes and designs of Northwest Coast art. Please note, it is not appropriate to copy one of these designs to make school murals. The images in these books and all books featuring Aboriginal art are protected by copyright and cannot be used without permission.
Please contact Paula James in Aboriginal Education Services if you want information about contacting a local artist to design a mural or logo for your.
Best practices suggests that we teach from a local perspective first. The challenge is finding local resources that relate specifically to south coast Salish design. This involves seeking out artwork created by local First Nation artists. We are currently generating a list of local First Nation artists and will post it on this page.
- Leonard Wells is a Semiahmoo First Nation Master carver who carved two welcome poles for the District Education Centre and for Earl Marriott Secondary. Watch for a blog on the HUB that provides interviews from Leonard.
- Rocky LaRock is a Master Carver from Sts'ailes. He has carved two welcome poles for Katzie Elementary. These poles will be unveiled sometime this year. Pictures and videos from the artist will also be posted once the poles are unveiled.
- Roxanne Charles is from Semiahmoo First Nation and is an amazing weaver. Some pictures of her work can be found on our website.