Exploration Place exhibit we'll see on Oct 22 is called "Cultural Expressions of the Lheidli T'enneh." Pronounced Klate-lee Ten-eh -- these are the First Peoples whose traditional territory includes what is now Prince George. They were formerly known as the Fort George Indian Band, and are part of the Carrier People, a sub-group of the Dakelh Aboriginal group. They have lived in this area for thousands of years, and continue to be an important part of Prince George's cultural mosaic.
Our field excursion to see this exhibit takes place almost exactly where a Lheidli T'enneh village stood for many years during Fort George's early history, and where this people visited and lived for centuries, and so we are learning both in a place that celebrates their culture (the museum exhibit) and about a place that is important to their culture (Fort George Park). As a teacher I'm interested to see what the exhibit can tell us about First Nations connection and adaptation to place in this region. I'm also interested to challenge my stereotypes about Lheidli T'enneh culture.
I'm curious what your questions will be?
For starters, read through the elder's guide (linked here), a package put together for this museum exhibit by a BC Elder's Gathering. If you need more food for thought, read more about on the Lheidli T'enneh website. I took 97 photos at the exhibit (linked here). Both the elder's guides and my pictures are also available on the teacher's "HANDOUT" bin when you log in at school.
Generate one powerful question you would like to have answered by what you learn from the exhibit. This could be about the place (museum or former village site), culture, museum curation process, ancient vs modern evidence, issues, whatever strikes you as interesting after reading the elder's guide. A powerful question is one that does not look for an easy answer, it often requires more questions in order to work towards a response. When you make a pattern of developing and asking powerful questions you are engaging in inquiry. Post your powerful question as a comment below.
After you have seen the exhibit, create a response to your powerful question. This may involve direct answers, more questions, changes to your original question, mention of links or other resources you used to consider your question, and thoughts you had about the exhibit and your question. In other words, write freely about your question -- a powerful question deserves a powerful response; not a simple this = that, but an exploration of the topic. Post a brief summary of your response as a reply to your comment below -- indicate where you are going with this particular inquiry (this might be a good way to kick-start the rest of your response). Build your full response as a formal piece of writing and include this in your portfolio -- this will probably be a two-page document (maybe about 500 words, the length of this blog post!)
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