Date: October 24, 2015 | 6p.m. - 8p.m.
Ages: All Ages
Location: Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center (783 Townsend Road)
The Native American basis for living in balance with Earth and each other will be the topic of this special evening event, part 2 of a longer program held on the same day for kids ages 7-14.
Learn more about the full afternoon & afternoon workshop for children ages 7-14>
The master storytelling ecologist Michael Caduto will present "Native American Thanksgivings: The Circle of Giving and Receiving". Michael will explore the true nature of Thanksgiving as taught by Native cultures found throughout North America while gathered by a roaring campfire. The evening session will conclude with a guided night hike with The Nature Museum’s Environmental Educators around the rich network of trails of Grafton Ponds.
Registration is full. Contact Kimberly O'Connor, Director of Education, (kimberly@nature-museum, 843-2111) if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this program.
This workshop uses song, chants, native instruments, dance and stories that are carefully chosen from among the Native cultures found throughout North America to explore the true nature of Thanksgiving. Caduto's lively performance engages the audience with a cast of humorous and dramatic characters and voices. During this presentation participants are introduced to the Circles of Giving and Receiving-the traditional Native American basis for living in balance with Earth and each other.
All participants should wear appropriate clothes and sturdy footwear. This program will be presented rain or shine. A medical emergency form is needed for all youth participants if an adult will not be remaining on property during the program.
Michael Caduto – "Native American Thanksgiving: The Circle of Giving and Receiving"
Night Hike around Grafton Ponds
About Michael Caduto
Michael is an award-winning author, master storyteller, ecologist, educator, poet and musician who has been featured on educational television, over National Public Radio and by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). He reaches thousands of people each year through personal appearances and his books are used by millions throughout the world. His work draws from science, Earth stewardship and cultural diversity and he has worked with many indigenous peoples during the past 25 years. Michael is a juried artist with the New Hampshire Council on the Arts and the Vermont Arts Council, and has been affiliated with the Vermont Council on the Humanities and the Quebec-Labrador Foundation. His programs, performances, keynotes, workshops and residencies are given to children, school groups, teachers, naturalists, families, storytellers, conferences and general audiences. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities throughout North America. (Michael is of Italian ancestry.)
In 1984 Michael founded a service called P.E.A.C.E.® - Programs for Environmental Awareness and Cultural Exchange. P.E.A.C.E.® promotes understanding, awareness, appreciation and stewardship as the foundation for building a harmonious, sustainable relationship between people and Earth, and among the cultures of the world.
Following Caduto’s performance, the full group will embark on a guided night hike with The Nature Museum’s environmental educators around the rich network of trails of Grafton Ponds.