This weekend we had such an amazing time at the Penn Cove Water Festival. It is an annual event (but new to us), featuring tribal culture. It was exactly what I had been looking for in conjunction with our current theme study of Native Americans.
The dancers were incredible - that drum beat is so moving! It was explained as replicating the first sounds a baby hears inutero, the mother's heart. The mask dances, too, were amazing. It couldn't have been a more perfect experience: front row in the warm sun, eating bbq salmon and fry bread. They do not mess around with their salmon, it was the best I have ever had.
There were lots of children's activities and crafts to make, native artisan booths, canoe races, native flute and drumming. One of our favorite things was the storytelling by Gene Tagaban. We knew of him after watching a great movie, Shadow of the Salmon that he was in. He chose Jenson to come up with him to drum as he told stories. Jenson was so excited! I love that for every unit we've studied, we've discovered wonderful hands-on opportunities.
If you get the chance next summer, this is an annual event, held in late May in Coupeville, Washington. I am already putting it on the calendar for next year.