ERIC Number: ED202632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
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Earth Festivals: Seasonal Celebrations for Everyone Young and Old.
LaChapelle, Dolores; Bourque, Janet
Using celebrations drawn from American Indian culture, the teaching guide is intended to help anyone over the age of eight learn from the earth and benefit emotionally and physically from earth festivals. Thirty-six weekly celebration sessions are organized in five seasonal cycles: the autumn equinox cycle, the relationship cycle, the energy cycle, the vegetation cycle, and the vision cycle. Instructions for each session include complete directions keyed by symbols which indicate "what to do,""what to say," instructions to the ceremonial leader, movement and chants, creative activities, and a closing. Through games, crafts, cooking, songs, dances, and chants, the sessions involve the participant in the celebration of the four great earth festivals, the solstices and the equinoxes. The sessions also address relationships with plants, animals, earth, the "powers," pollen, and water; dreams; harmony and balance of the body; legends; and concepts (mandala, yin/yang) drawn from Eastern origins. A meeting area and ceremonial tepee area are used in each session. The one-hour sessions can be expanded to two hours and are suitable for use indoors or outdoors, in the city, suburbs, or country. Appendices include a list of materials sources, notes to educators, and additional activities. (Author/SB)
Descriptors: Adults, American Indian Culture, American Indians, Art Activities, Children, Conservation (Environment), Dance, Ecology, Games, Handicrafts, Learning Activities, Legends, Outdoor Education, Self Actualization
Finn Hill Arts, P.O. Box 542, Silverton, CO 81433 ($12.50; 5 or more copies, $7.50 ea. + postage).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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