My Pow Wow Regalia

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by lincdire
7 Lessons
1 Students

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The M’Chigeeng Pow Wow is coming up.  You want to dance at the Pow wow with new regalia.  You do not have much time to prepare so you need a lot of help. So you have to write a letter in Anishinaabemowin to your grandmother, grandfather, aunts or uncles and ask them to help make different parts of your regalia.  In your letter you tell them why you chose that dance style, tell them why you chose certain animals, birds, fish, plants and also the colours as part of your regalia. After receiving your regalia, and dance it, you and your friends have a wonderful time dancing at the Pow wow and looking at each other’s new regalia. After the pow wow, you send a thank you note to each family member that helped you. In your thank you note,  include a drawing of you and a friend in your new regalia and describe your friend’s regalia to your family.

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Step 1: A Look at Dance Styles

Share some of your prior experiences of attending a Pow wow. Try to think about the dancers and the dance they do. In small groups, brainstorm any Anishinaabemowin vocabulary you […]

Step 2: A Look at Doodemag and Spirit Helpers

Review various clans that have been covered in the past and talk about those animals’ gifts/characteristics (Ojibwe and English). Also, tell each other your clan (if you know it). This…

Step 3: A Cultural Look at Some Colours

Learn more about the cultural significance and meaning of colours to help you design the colours of your regalia. Then describe your regalia to the class. In groups, decide the…

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