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ERIC Number: EJ992823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Understanding the Heartbeat
Olson, Jennifer; Selzer, Jessica
Education Canada, v52 n4 Fall 2012
Rather than speak from a place of authoritative knowing on Aboriginal matters, why not work from a place of wondering and invite our students to learn with us in gaining a deeper understanding of First Nations perspective? Two teachers from Rockridge Secondary School in West Vancouver did just that. One afternoon a new understanding of the Squamish culture and spirituality shone in their students' faces as the two classes came together to sing and drum at a blessing ceremony for a cedar raven carving. The raven is a school mascot and also a spiritual symbol for the Squamish nation. Although the two classes had focused on different elements of First Nations culture, together they participated in a living ceremony that spoke of spirit and creation as they had come to understand it through their separate inquiries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Vancouver)