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Learning to Dance the Pow wow: Stepping in time with Terrance Goodwill
The Great Grass Dancer Terrance Goodwill came
to the University of Manitoba to teach a class (EDUA 1500
Aboriginal Education) about the great culture that he loves and supports.
He was there on Oct 1, 2013 with Education teacher candidates who are training
to become teachers and who will most likely be confronted with the
need to address Aboriginal issues within the classroom, because even in
Winnipeg many of the students will be First Nation and Métis.
Taken from StatsCanada. The Aboriginal population living in
Winnipeg is much younger than the non-Aboriginal population. In 2006, the
median age4 of the Aboriginal population in Winnipeg was 26
years, compared to 40 years for the non-Aboriginal population.
In 2006, about half (49%) of the
Aboriginal population was under the age of 25, compared to 30% of
non-Aboriginal people. Furthermore, only 4% of Aboriginal people were 65 years
and over, compared to 14% of the non-Aboriginal population. Three in 10 (30%)
Aboriginal people in Winnipeg were children under the age of 15, compared to
17% of their non-Aboriginal counterparts (see chart 1). For more details on the
age distribution, see table
1 in the appendix.
Aboriginal children aged 14 years
and under represented 17% of the census metropolitan area's children. Just
over a third (36%) of the First Nations population was 14 years of age and
under. Similarly, children in this age group comprised a third of the Inuit
population (33%). For the Métis population, about a quarter (27%)
were aged 14 and under.
The words Great are used because as the
video demonstrates Terrance was able to use teaching techniques so
naturally and involved each of the students in what he was doing. Also the
students had a good time, but also learned about the history of these dances.
These classes are excellent in both social studies as well as physical
education because students must move, but also understand the
historical changes going on in First Nations communities and the
movement from celebrations to powwow from spiritual to
more commercial aspects of modern culture. Teachings like
this make for greater cultural understanding, but also cross cultural
competency and make the learning of students more relevant.
George Councillor, & Freeman White were the