Cultural Week Activities
In April, we spent a week learning about various cultures for around the world. We kicked it off by learning about Africa. Groups learned that Africa is the second largest continent and is larger than the USA, Canada and India all put together. Africa is currently composed of 54 countries and 9 territories with a population of over 1.3 billion people.
We saw pictures and learned a bit about the Nile River, Mount Kilimanjaro, The Sahara and Lake Victoria being some of the most well known natural features. We chatted a bit about the thousands of indigenous groups in Africa and that there are over 2000 languages spoken on the continent.
We wrapped up the day with information about the important role of African masks for certain rituals and ceremonies such as ensuring a good harvest, and addressing tribal needs in times of peace and war. Some masks represent the spirits of ancestors, totem animals or creatures important to families or groups. The wearer of the mask is often believed to be able to communicate to who the mask represents.
Individuals spent time creating their own masks and designing them with things that are important to them.