Annual Pow-Wow Highlights Nation’s History

Oakwood music teacher Ms. Pinelli leads her Kindergarten Pow-Wow on the week before Thanksgiving.
Oakwood music teacher Ms. Pinelli leads her Kindergarten Pow-Wow on the week before Thanksgiving.
Students learned about Native American culture as Ms. Pinelli demonstrates how a turtle shell is used to make a rattle.
Students learned about Native American culture as Ms. Pinelli demonstrates how a turtle shell is used to make a rattle.
Dancing and singing the ‘Turkey Trot” instantly became an audience favorite as parents snapped photos and video of their little performers.
Dancing and singing the ‘Turkey Trot” instantly became an audience favorite as parents snapped photos and video of their little performers.

The kindergarten classes at Oakwood Primary Center enjoyed participating in a traditional Native American pow-wow. Led by music teacher Ms. Pinelli, the children sang various Native American songs like "The Pilgrims Came to America," "The Turkey Trot," and "Hi Yo Is Si Na Yah," a song from the Hopi tribe. With the help of their art teachers, the children made tom-tom drums out of coffee cans that were adorned with Native American symbols.

Classroom teachers taught the children about Native American culture and made Native American headdresses and vests decorated with picture writing. The students had a great time, and the event was the highlight of everyone’s day. “It is particularly inspiring to see music, art, history, and physicality integrated into learning experiences that motivate children and generate genuine enthusiasm for the curriculum,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business and District Operations Dr. Joseph Centamore.  “It is through this lens that we enjoyed the annual Oakwood “Pow Wow,” which celebrated our nation's history and generated broad smiles from parents, students, and staff alike.”

Happy Thanksgiving to our South Huntington Family.

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