This one took a bit of research. I was fortunate to find a book at the library, First Nations Art Projects and Activities, which can be ordered from the Greater Victoria School District. It provided templates for us to use and a guideline for how to introduce the project. It also provided some inspiration for several future projects! To supplement the book, I went online to find pictures of eagle and owl masks and I printed the out to show to the club. Lastly, I did a bit of digging to find out the symbolism that various cultures attached to birds of prey. I found a few really great sites:
- All Totems has explanations of totems for most of the birds of prey we've looked at, then goes on to discuss each bird's symbolism for various cultures.
- Owl Pages is great site for reading about the symbolism of owls from literally every corner of the globe.
I described how to do the project and gave them options (they could colour and cut out the templates provided, they could make their own, they could decide if they wanted eyeholes or not, and so on), and then let them just go to it. Because some of the colouring and cutting was intricate, it took them some time, and some lost interest. For those done early, I offered some books (also courtesy of the library), that had story lines that revolved around First Nations, owls and eagles. Some declined, some enjoyed, and I hope all left happy!