Thursday, 28 November 2013
I think the mystery Skype went very well considering we didn't know what to expect. It felt very real to hear their perspective from their mouths. It had more power coming from them than it would from a documentary or an article. We can relate and connect to them as grade 11 students. I think it will improve as we continue communication. I think the more we talk the more we will share. It will also give me a real perspective on the Rez Sisters. In conclusion I think the experience provided a very real perspective for me and the class.
Posted by Sam Howard at 06:39
Monday, 11 November 2013
I am reading Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden. He is a Canadian novelist who has wrote books like Three Day Road. Through Black Spruce is a story about a native family in Moosefactory struggling with alcoholism, biker gangs, native prejudices and modern assimilation. Joseph Boyden is also native making him connected to the text. He makes references to the residential schools which was a major event plaguing native people. He also makes references to modernization of native music. His knowledge of new and old native culture adds to the novel.
Posted by Sam Howard at 06:50
Thursday, 24 October 2013
On Thursday October the 9th 2013 my aunt passed away after fighting cancer for a year and a half. She has taught me many things in my life, but the most predominant one was selflessness.In every way of her life she tried to put others before herself. Even when it was close to the end she still valued her family's well being over her own. She never wanted to impose on anybody in anyway. Her humble, quiet, peaceful selfless nature inspires me to live my live the way she lived hers. I never want to forget the way she asked her innocent questions. Questions that may seem trivial to me but meant the world to her. Like "how's swimming going Sam". I would answer them like any other question by saying "good" or "alright" but to her, those answers had greater value than that of an SAT question. It reminds me that family is the most important thing in the world and that we should help other people more than we help ourselves.
Posted by Sam Howard at 07:12