The other day I re-blogged the myth of Sedna. Here is another indigenous myth about explaining why the raven is black. I found students loved to hear these stories told as part of the oral tradition by an elder. It added a quality to the story that is not always there in reading.
The Story of Why the Raven is Black as shared by bear Medicinewalker
Posted on August 4, 2014 by ivonprefontaine
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About ivonprefontaineIn keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.
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Thanks for sharing. It doesn’t matter from what culture the myth or legend come from they teach powerful life lessons. If you are interested in Greek Mythology I would recommend the blog Eternal Atlantis by Luciana Cavallaro
When I taught Grade 6, the students enjoyed the Ancient Greek section of the curriculum due to the myths and stories. We overlapped the Social Studies with Language Arts and Science which had a sky science unit. I will look at Eternal Atlas. Thank you for the suggestion James.
Interesting comment Ivon, I totally agree,
Look at how our posts are enhanced by a photo, a painting. The more depth we can bring to any moment expands it, awareness.
Hearing and seeing an elder, is like the difference of history class about the Civil War compared to Ken Burns sequel. With layered upon layered of nuance, pictures, audio, cannons, real letters, people Burns brings it alive.
Why the touch screen pad is so addictive.
That is a wonderful comment Marty. Elders take us on such imaginative journeys with traditional stories.