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Ceremony of Honor and Celebration based on African Traditions: Singing, Dancing, Drumming, Food. Guest Musician: Emile Latimer
Author: Lucy Andrus Grade/Age Level: Elementary
Conceptual Basis For This Lesson:
Unit/Theme, Relation of Lesson to the Unit, Major Concepts to be Learned:
This special session is actually the culminating experience of our series on African culture that is part of our larger semester unit on world cultures. Today, we will be using and wearing the African-inspired art objects we have made and the artifacts and traditions we have explored in African culture to express ideas of affirming the self and our potentials, and celebrating freedom and appreciation for diversity. We will discuss, dance and sing about these ideas and feelings accompanied by African drumming and music. Following our ritual, the children will have the opportunity to taste foods prepared from authentic African recipes as part of their experience of this culture.
We will begin the session by adding the oogun ashe pouches to each child’s crown in a symbolic ritual of empowerment (see previous two lessons).
Relation to Life:
previous plans. Also, today’s session will emphasize that we are free
to be whoever we are, and that we are obliged –to ourselves, our loved
ones, and the world citizenship- to be the best we can be by developing our
own potentials as well as recognizing each other's uniqueness. Coming together
to celebrate such a common purpose allows everyone to experience the universality
of and necessity for people to become the kind of citizens needed to live
productively in a global world.
See previous plans. Also, today’s session will emphasize that we are free to be whoever we are, and that we are obliged –to ourselves, our loved ones, and the world citizenship- to be the best we can be by developing our own potentials as well as recognizing each other's uniqueness. Coming together to celebrate such a common purpose allows everyone to experience the universality of and necessity for people to become the kind of citizens needed to live productively in a global world.
12. Leader suggests that we show our uniqueness by wearing our crowns and breastplates, and the freedom to be ourselves with each other. *Distribute crowns for children to put on.
13.Leader suggests that now we perform our second ritual with Mr. Latimer's help: Celebrating Our Freedom To Be Ourselves. All stand. Leader will give out instruments from artifact table as appropriate.
Drumming begins as adults and children form a large standing circle and we begin to celebrate ourselves, each other, our freedom and the wonderful things we have shared from African culture through dance, movement and song.
*NOTE: We go with any of Mr. Latimer's ideas, but as framework is as follows:
We do the dance of freedom: freedom from prejudice!! Freedom from hate and intolerance!! Freedom to be whoever we want to be!! Freedom to grow up and be the heroes we dream of being, and doing good things in the world.
Next we do the dance of
celebration: We celebrate the African culture and what we learned
about the people and their customs and what gifts this culture and its people
have given to us in America. Dances are done in a circle format as we dance
around as a group and small groups come in and out of middle to do special
movements while others continue to clap and move in larger outside circle.
Go with the flow! *During this last dance of celebration, two S/T's
go quietly to back and begin to set up the food, utensil and drink tables.
14. Following the ceremony, we continue our celebration by sampling foods from the African tradition: authentic African foods and African-American foods that were inspired by African culture and brought to America by African people. Children will proceed to the tables in a line and be served by adults (buffet style). They will then take plates and drinks and find a spot to sit on the floor or in a chair.
15. The session closes with our Goodbye Song that we will sing accompanied by Mr. Latimer's drumming.
16. Sing Good-bye Song. Nametags collected.
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