On Friday, March 9, we held a potlatch in celebration of our Social Studies unit on the Aboriginal groups of the Northwest Coast. It was an fun-filled day enjoyed by all!
Before the potlatch there were various preparations to be done. Ms. Wood, the Grade 6/7 teacher across the hall who grew up in Haida Gwaii, came to teach our class a traditional potlatch song and dance that we would perform right before feasting. Thank you, Ms. Wood!
We also needed to prepare the traditional potlatch stew to be eaten at the feast later.
Finally, it was time for the potlatch to begin! Chief Roy gave the welcoming speech to the Wolf Clan (Ms. Sutherland's class) and the Bear Clan (our class).
Finally, at the end of the potlatch we feasted! Each student brought a dish to share. We had traditional Aboriginal food including salmon, berries, quail's eggs, stew and bannock, along with a lot of other delicious fare.
Thank you so much to all of the families who sent delicious food for our feast and who came to our "Longhouse Museum". It was a wonderful day of learning and a great way to end our Social Studies unit.