Mask-making is a very ancient art. In parts of Australia, giant totem masks covered the whole body! In western Alaska, Inuit women used finger masks during storytelling and dancing. Do you like wearing masks?
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Thunderbird and Whale Totem Pole, Bight State Historical Park Ketchikan, Alaska.
1. Loyal but independent, teaches cooperation, new ideas and the values of extended families. 2. Wisdom, also stands for the souls of the dead.
3. Protector and leader, symbolises physical strength and wilderness. 4. Symbol of speed, family protection and kindness.
1. Read and match animals to their characteristics.
2. What qualities do you have or would you like to have?
3. Which animal could you choose to guide you? Explain why.
Find out more about totems and animal guides and write a lesson, as if you were the teacher!
Want vs went vs won't
The Yup'ik went/went/ deer-hunting. They won't /wəʊnt/ come. I want/wɒnt/ a mask like that.
They went away; they won't come back - they don't want to!
Observe: The crow has no fear: it's fearless. The elk has a lot of power: it's very powerful. The deer is famous for its gentleness: it's so gentle!
Think: Observe the nouns and adjectives. What does each suffix mean?
Practise: Explain the qualities of your animal guide!