Did you know that the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee calendars are based not on twelve months, but on thirteen moons? Did you know that each of these moons is reflected in the thirteen scutes on a turtle’s back? Did you know that, typically, turtles have 28 outer scutes which represent the number of days in one moon? Do you happen to know what a scute is? We will learn all of the above, and more, in this very special workshop. The program combines storytelling, art, and an active game that will turn students into hatching turtles racing the tide, weather, and predators. This is a classroom favourite with an activity for every type of learner and will cover topics including adaptation, identification, hibernation and human-made challenges facing turtles.
The Mishiikenh workshop can be done anywhere as long as we have access to an open space, such as a gym or field, for an active running game about turtle conservation.