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I'm from the Black Oak Savanna

We used George Ella Lyon's poem Where I'm From as a starting point for children telling stories about the Alderville First Nation. Children worked in small groups to list ideas on a theme they chose about the Alderville First Nation community, and used the ideas to create poems. Then students worked with aboriginal performance artists Tracy Bone, JC Campbell and Dave Mowat, to develop live performances to be shared with their community.

Four songs about the Alderville First Nation

Two songs about Math

More about the Alderville First Nation project

I’m from the Black Oak Savanna (download the mp3 file)

I’m from a place that’s alive
The rare Black Oak Savanna
Butterflies and deer dance

I’m from a place where the medicine lives
I’m from a place where the sweet grass grows
Out in the fields of home

NOKOMIS shines
The frogs and coyotes sing
Wolves cry and howl

I’m from a place where the medicine lives
I’m from a place where the sweet grass grows
Out in the fields of home

Harvesting our wild rice
Like our ancestors did
My life is so beautiful

I’m from a place where the medicine lives
I’m from a place where the sweet grass grows
Out in the fields of home