St. Vincent students learn Iroquois tradition for Earth Day 2009

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Photo: Courtesy of CQSB

Chief Onirha (which is Iroquois for Chief Top Leaf)

As part of this year's Earth Day celebrations, students at St. Vincent School participated in Project Loon, an outdoor and nature workshop given by Chief Onirha, Iroquois for Chief Top Leaf.

"The children were overwhelmed by Chief Top Leaf's pedagogical abilities," reported Gary Kenler, vice-principal at St.Vincent.

Two Grade 3 students wrote these comments about Chief Top Leaf's visit:

Ariane Levesque, Grade 3

Yesterday, Chief Top Leaf went to St-Vincent School.

He told the children all about an Iroquois' life.

The children learned how life was 500 years ago.

Chief Top Leaf told them about the food, hunting and giving nature thank-yous.

He brought food they ate 500 years ago and a doll to show how mothers took care of their babies.

He also brought a canoe Algonquins made for him.

The canoe was so beautiful.

Chief Top Leaf told that his doll got her name one night when the grand-mother saw only one star twinkling, so she gave her the name Twinkle.

Liam Meade, Grade 3

Chief Top Leaf visited our school yesterday.
He taught us about his nation - Iroquois.

There was a canoe, a baby Iroquois doll and the three sisters (corn, beans and squash).

Chief Top Leaf also was wearing Iroquois clothes with bells on his suit.

He also had a bow and arrow which was their weapon for taking down their prey.

There was a talking stick.

A talking stick is a stick that the chief holds and you can only talk when you have the stick.

He came to the school because he wanted to teach us a thing of two about the Iroquois tribe.