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Students will be introduced to the significance of the drum in Ojibwe culture. They will hear and sing songs, and create a decorative drum after learning about Ojibwe floral motifs.Drums are an often contested subject in Native communities. Many believe that drums do not belong in a classroom context at all. This lesson was done with local elder consent and additional Native support in co-teaching, presenting and playing the drums with the class.Before committing to any lesson plan idea, please be sure to research the literature, resources and any classroom materials you intend to use for accuracy and appropriateness. There is great diversity in Native communities and we cannot stress enough the importance of educating yourself, as well as connecting with elders and culturalists in your region for guidance and assistance in curriculum development.
Listen to Lyz Jaakola's music featuring hand drums and her wide collection of drumming songs that are age-appropriate.
Students will see pictures of the variety of drums that exist in the Ojibwe culture and the traditional uses of each type; celebration, ceremonial, spiritual. (hand drums, water drums)
Upon completion of the lesson, the class sings Ojibwe songs to hand drum music. Students are also given the opportunity to use real examples of hand drums created by community members.See the other Drum making lesson in this resource guide for additional information.
Students were assessed based on completion of their decorative drums and participation with the guest speakers.