Indian Township

ITS Kindergarten students took part in a Good Friday tradition among the Wabanaki people; a walk to Sipuhsis. (Picture by Lucy Nicholas).

Donna Meader-York

Last Thursday, parents and students were treated to a wonderful late afternoon of activities and entertainment at our Literacy Event.  Super heroes bounded about in capes and masks, as we all discovered that we all had the super power of reading!  Games, stories, and a Book Fair kept everyone busy. The big winner of the door prize from the Book Fair was Kim Lola. Kim won over $100.00 worth of Scholastic books and products. Congratulations, Kim! Our afternoon ended with a Passamaquoddy story told by our Miss Brenda, as we all gathered in the gym. We would like to extend a special thanks to all the parents who took the time to come to the school and support literacy. Also, Kci woliwon to Donald Soctomah for taking time from his busy schedule to read for us and to Miss Angel and Miss Danielle for their diligence and hard work in organizing and making our event happen.

Friday, April 3, a Good Friday tradition among the Wabanaki people continued as Deacon Rick, Chief Nicholas, community members, staff members, and the Kindergarten class of Indian Township School silently walked to Sipuhsis (the brook) on the Pit Road to bring water back to the church.  The annual walk began at St. Ann’s church. The water is placed in containers and will be blessed to take home and some will be left in the church to use throughout the year at the church entrance for baptisms, funerals, or other ceremonies. This tradition has been carried on by the Wabanaki People throughout the Northeast and Canada. This year, the walk was dedicated in honor and memory of Deacon George Stevens Jr.  Chief Nicholas was pleased to lead our elders, children and friends and family to prayers and cleansing for everyone. “Thank you to all who participated and helped to get things ready, including the stairs to the stream for our elders. Thank you for asking me to be a part of this year’s tradition. It was a beautiful day,” said the Chief.

 

That’s all the news for this week. Until next week, take care of yourselves, and never stop learning.