Eagle View students learn about African culture

By: 
Patrick Fisher, The New Prague Times

Eagle View Elementary School fifth grade students perform a drum concert on Friday, May 10. The  students’ concert at the New Prague Area School in Elko New Market capped off a week where African drumming artist Christian Adeti shared the culture of his home in Ghana. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

Students at Eagle View Elementary School in Elko New Market welcomed resident African drumming artist Christian Adeti. Christian was born and raised in Accra, Ghana of West Africa. He has been performing drumming, singing, and dancing internationally for the past 16 years.

During the week of his residency, students at Eagle View engaged in authentic West African drumming. "It was wonderful how the students learned the four techniques of slap, tone, bass and rolling,” said music teacher Rachel Hennen. In addition to drumming, Adeti shared many songs, dances, and stories from Ghana, West Africa. Fifth grade students learned a traditional song, drum pattern and dance which they performed for their fellow students on Friday, May 10.

The program was promoted by Eagle View’s specialist team to help engage students in a deeper understanding of diverse cultures. It is connected to the One Book, One School, One World initiative where every child at the school read the book “A Long Walk to Water.” Students gained empathy for the African people and their situation with the lack of clean water. On Thursday, May 9, students were able to experience the daily life of an African resident by carrying buckets of water for one mile. "It was very hard and really made me appreciate my own country," stated an Eagle View student.

The program provided experiences for both......

To see more on this story pick up the May 23, 2019 print edition of The New Prague Times. 

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