First Nations Songs for the Classroom

In the morning, join cultural singer, Sherryl Sewepagaham, in an interactive workshop learning and playing First Nations drum songs. We will explore tradi-tional hide drums, rattles, and sticks and their history and protocol as we sing and explore various traditional and contemporary songs and rhythms. A stick game will also be intro-duced to add to the experience. In the afternoon, Sherryl will lead an interactive exploration, improvisa-tion, and creation process with musical instruments working with Canadian First Nations legends. Help bring legend characters and stories to life with percussive and musical sounds and movement as we jour-ney into the teachings and life lessons that legends bring.

For further information please contact Sonja Karlson:

Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 9:30am to 3:00pm

Queen Elizabeth Elementary

921 Salter Street, New Westminster

Sherryl Sewepagaham

Sherryl Sewepagaham is Cree-Dene from northern Alberta and is an experienced Elementary Music Teacher. She earned a Level III Orff certification in 2007 and has been integrating Orff methodology into her classroom teaching. She has been a director of two Aboriginal children’s choirs in Edmonton. Sherryl is also a member of the highly successful Aboriginal trio, Asani, who received a 2006 Juno-nomination and she has recently released her debut solo album, Splashing the Water Loud-ly, which received a 2015 Indigenous Music Awards nomination for Best Indigenous Language or Francophone CD. She is a composer of children’s drum songs and composed the theme song and Indigenous arts program, All My Relations: Celebrat-ing Canada’s Indigenous Peoples – Teacher Guide for the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program.