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Maq and the Spirit of the Woods

Elementary

Description

This animated film explores the interrelationships among the natural, human and spiritual worlds with the traditional tale of Maq, a young First Nations boy who struggles to fit in.  When a village elder helps the boy embark on an astonishing journey into the forest a mystical guide shows Maq that he has always been special and unique.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This video examines themes of diversity, traditions and connections to nature and could be used to support social studies units that explore how First Nations peoples interact with their environment.  An elder member of a local Aboriginal community could guide students on a forest walk where they  learn about food plants and respectful use of the land.  This nature experience could be connected to stewardship with a discussion about the benefits of forest conservation for plants, animals and humans.

In the story Maq creates a carving that becomes the symbol of his individuality.  Students could explore their own uniqueness with an art project where they create a sculpture of themselves.  The sculptures could then be combined with cultural objects to create a school display celebrating diversity.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
  • Human Rights (1)

    • Cultural Diversity
  • Indigenous Knowledge (2)

    • Rituals, Spirituality and Worldviews
    • TEK -- Traditional Ecological Knowledge