In this unit jointly created by NLPS and Ocean Networks Canada, students will explore multiple ways of knowing the beach environment through exploration of Hul’qumin’um’ language, personal connections, and science. Features include the Coast Salish story Xeel’s the Creator and an in-depth look at plankton which connects the biosphere, hydrosphere, and Earth’s daily rotation. The concept of system sustainability is central to the learning in this module, also represented through the meaning of the title which translates to working together as one with positive relationships.
Garry oak ecosystems, once a prominent feature of the pre-contact landscape of Coast Salish territories, were carefully tended gardens and farms growing spe:nxw (camas) as well as other edible and medicinal plants. Camas blooms in the month of tum̓pé:nxw (May) which in hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ means time for camas, alternately called punxwémun – time of camas blooming.
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This activity is meant to accompany the Hul̓q̓umín̓um̓ QQS Playground Bingo game in Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools. Learn the vocabulary in the classroom and then head outside to see what you can find! Use this project with a projector as an alternative to drawing cards. Printable Bingo Cards are available on NLPS Learns and at the school. Sound recordings by George Seymour.
Patati et Patata, c’est un exposé oral accompagné d’un diaporama d’un format et d’une durée prédéterminée en fonction du niveau scolaire.
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NLPS is situated on Coast Salish land which include Snaw naw as, Snuneymuxw, and Stz’uminus First Nations. The meditations and stories that are shared reflect the culture of the Coast Salish peoples in these territories.
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This video tells the story behind the making of “Supernatural Eagle Bringing the Sun Back to the World” by Coast Salish artists William and Joel Good which was installed at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Oct. 11, 2018. Video produced by Jennifer Wynne Webber.
Joel Good also painted a supernatural eagle for the School District. Joel Good is a traditional Coast Salish artist from the Snuneymuxw First Nation and a graduate of NDSS. He works in the original Coast Salish style, one that has been revitalized by his father William Good.
About the art:
The Supernatural Eagle is a messenger of Good Will, a communicator often represented in stories with a message to the people. The wings of the eagle have sea serpents and the tail feathers are made of two salmon heads facing different directions. The core of the eagle is a wind mask. The open mouth of the wind mask symbolizes communication, as the eagle blows or whispers its message into the wind.
Coast Salish symbolism
Eagle : Often called the “master of the skies” because of its ability to soar great heights. The eagle is held in high regard in Coast Salish Communities.
Sea Serpents: A symbol of protection, incredible power and revival
Salmon: Symbolizes life, abundance, prosperity and nourishment
Wind Mask: painted with an open mouth, symbolises communication as the animal whispers or blows into the wind