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Cultural Learning through Drum Making

Several times during the year, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs Boys & Girls Club invites an Elder to the Club to provide cultural learning through drum making. Utilizing a type of grass roots effort, the Club has been striving to strengthen their culture within Club members and their community. They have determined that a great way to do this is to learn how to make drums from an Elder while also learning the teachings that go along with it. The drum making activity reinforces the Aroostook Band of Micmacs culture, as well as instills the skills of cooperation, sharing, problem solving, and respect. The Elder in the group tells a story about the tradition of drum making in their culture while the drum making occurs. Most recently the Club invited Joseph Peter Paul to participate in drum making with Club members. Four drums were made through a combination of adults and peers helping one another. Everyone involved in this activity had a great time and valued the experience!

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