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Skeh Baiyoh AHS

Drum Care, Transition Song Practices, & Skeh Baiyoh’s Bannock Recipe.

Knowledge Keeper & ECE, Kecia Alexis and grandpa

Kecia creates and manages the cultural calendar for her program. “I got a lot of help with my cultural calendar from my grandpa when he was alive. He passed away in August last year…but before he passed away…he helped me a lot with the programming and my Cultural Calendar.”  

  

Kecia explains she uses cut-outs and pictures to represent the seasons, and things that happen in those seasons:  

  • “For spring I have flowers because it's the time of growing and rebirth.”   

  • “For fall I have orange shirts because of orange shirt day in September.”   

  • “Then for winter, I have snowflakes.”   

  • “For summer I have salmon... that's one of our food sources for this region in the Summer/Fall.”   

  • “In the middle of [the board], I have a drum… little moccasins around the drum, placed like they're dancing and then I have sweetgrass around the drum.   

  • “[For] the moccasins, they are traditions that we do all year round – like hunting and powwows and potlatches.  

 

“We’ve stepped back from doing a lot of colonial things,” Kecia says. “We try really hard to do what is culturally and traditionally in place.”   


 

See more inspiring seasonal Cultural Calendar ideas.

 

Drum Care Programming Ideas

Description: 

  • How to warm up for drums 

  • How to make the drums 

  • How to treat the drums 

  • How to play and sing with drums 

Cultural Teaching: 

Singing Hello song, name song and children’s honour song with the drums in Carrier. 


Knowledge Keeper, Lee Brown (Cherokee Nation)

Learning Outcome: 

  • Being proud of their culture.

  • Being connected to the family and kids.

  • Chance to have a deeper understanding of their kids.

  • Having a constant interest in their culture.

Age Level: 

All Ages 


PEP Categories: 

AHS Beliefs and Values, Culture and Language, Education, Parental and family involvement



 

Transition Song

Anih Skeh Keh – Dakelh Inside Song 


Culture & Language:

  • When to use: Coming indoors off the land  

  • We sent it home with parents/families to utilize. 

  • It is posted for staff and children to reference.  

  • We use a rain barrel to drum, all gathered before coming inside. 


Cultural Teaching: 

Intertwining culture and language into every aspect of our daily programming. 

  • A song created by staff at Skeh Baiyoh to be culturally relevant to the children and families on the Lheidli T’enneh territory. We are learning, teaching, and speaking the Dakelh language.  

  • All children are present before moving on – respecting all members and gathering protocols. 


Learning Outcomes: Respect, Language Recognition, Collaboration, Speech and Language Development, Public Speaking, Patience. 


Lyrics:  

‘Anih Skeh Keh, ‘Anih 

‘Anih Skeh Keh, ‘Anih 

‘Anih Skeh Keh, Yoh ts’e danadilh 

(ah-nee) (skay-kay) (yoht- say- dah-nah-dith) 

‘Anih Skeh Keh, ‘Anih, ‘Anih 

Come here my friends, come here 

Come here my friends, come here 

Come here my friends, it’s inside time 

Come here my friends, come here; come here. 


 

Skeh Baiyoh’s Bannock Recipe

Programming Ideas:

We have been serving bannock to children and families as a cultural gifts. Made from ingredients families had on hand, even during times of food uncertainty. There are many variations passed down though generations.  


Bannock Making as an Activity is: 

  • A bread alternative easily made that shows adaptability and problem-solving.  

  • Math skills of measuring items and following a recipe.

  • For all ages 

  • Allows opportunities for education, nutrition, culture and language  

  • Meets PEP Nutrition 17 – opportunities provided for adults and children to learn about food preparation together.

  • Meets PEP 19 – Program curriculum includes collecting, preparing, and or eating traditional foods at least once a month.  

  • Meets PEP 19 –  Program encourages the sharing of traditional food preparation ideas, and recipes between staff, Elders, parents and families   

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups flour 

  • 2 tsp baking soda 

  • 1 tsp salt 

  • 1 tbsp sugar 

  • 1 tsp quick-rise yeast 

  • 1.5 cups water lukewarm 

  • canola oil  

Instructions: 

  1. Whisk together flour through sugar. 

  2. Stir in yeast. 

  3. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in water. Gently mix until dough forms. 

  4. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let sit 15 minutes. 

  5. Heat oil in a large pot or cast-iron pan to 350 F. 

  6. Divide dough into 8 sections and roll each section into a ball. Flatten with your hands to about 6 inches all around. 

  7. Depending on the size of your pot you can cook up to two at a time, do not over crowd the pan. 

  8. Cook for about 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove from pot and drain on paper towel lined plate. 


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