Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Students Learn to Make Traditional Mi'kmaq Instruments

Did the L'nuk play drums?

Before drums, the L'nuk accompanied songs using a unique indigenous instrument.

"A ji'kmaqn is usually made with wood from the Ash tree, which is also used to make baskets. The wood separates into layers (the growth rings) when it has been pounded and worked. ....The school now has 15 of these instruments for the music program. Music teacher Olivia Frampton has already incorporated the instruments into classroom learning; as part of the school's December concert, grade 2 students learned and performed the Mi'kmaq Honour Song and played the ji'kmaqn to accompany their choral performance."