Kathryn’s workshop, can be done with one group while John does a drumming workshop with another group of students or independently. This activity works well with in the school setting.
I discuss who I am and why I do this work, with the objective of achieving an understanding of other cultures and promoting respect, even though we are not all native people. I use petroglyphs and pictographs from around North America as examples in this workshop.
Before there was writing most peoples around the world used some sort of pictographs to leave messages and these were often forms of art. I will talk about the aborigines in Australia.
As simple as a hand print. What would a hand print stand for? What would they be trying to say by many hand prints?
SYMBOLISM. Brainstorm a list of animals and what they might represent.
Show some examples of rock art. Talk about what they might mean. Talk about the idea of telling stories with pictures.
Break into groups of two or three and give out sheet with symbols.
Try to get them to interpret a picture as a group.
Show some examples of modern aboriginal paintings - ask them what they think is going on in the picture.
Point their attention to the seven teachings and how they are symbolic.
They make their own picture and share with the class.
A history and communication through pictograph and petroglyphs.