Take advantage of this opportunity to have your students experience both Native American culture and early European exploration of the Lake Superior region. Both assemblies are 60 minutes in length, and can be tailored for elementary, middle school, and high school audiences. Both assemblies rely heavily on audience participation.They will be fun, interactive and informative.
Native American Folklore
This program includes story-telling, demonstration and teaching of traditional Ojibwe arts. Listen to some of the stories about Lake Superior, passed down by the Woodland Indians of the Great Lakes. Experience many native materials, such as birch bark, sweetgrass, agates, feathers, and pelts that bring home the message that Lake Superior is alive and indispensable. Watch Lois demonstrate several endangered art forms, including porcupine quillwork, sweetgrass and birch bark basketry, birch bark cut-outs of animals, birch bark bitings and cedar fiber weaving, all while telling Native American stories with a message. No one will leave empty-handed or empty-hearted. Lois Beardslee is an Ojibway woman artist, author, and storyteller.She has presented at schools and state/national parks throughout Michigan. Her presentation is designed to give students a modern view of Native Americans and an opportunity to learn about their relationship to the Earth and natural resources.
Spirit of the Voyageur 'LaSalle Presentation’
This assembly is a unique and inspiring program that portrays the 17th century voyageur, Louis Baron, garbed in authentic clothing—muslin shirt, canvas pants, wool socks, moosehide moccasins. Ron will sing and tell lively stories of his fellow voyageurs as they travel the woods and waterways of North America while co-existing peacefully with the Indians. Students will enjoy story-telling, music and audience participation. Ron Hobart has been presenting programs on the lifestyle of the voyageur to schools, camps, elderhostels, and corporate groups since 1980. He paddled from Montreal, Canada through the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico on an 8-month, 3300 mile expedition, re-enacting LaSalle’s 1682 claiming of the Mississippi River Valley for France. He traveled with 24 men over the same portages and waterways as their 17th century counterparts. This experience provides depth and zest to his performances.
Update: 09 May 2001