Wooch.een Weaving

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We will describe our experiences in teaching how to scaffold weaving into multiple steps for ALL ages with a strong emphasis on Wooch.een (working together), as we wanted this to be an activity where the students did not just learn how to weave but how to weave together as a community. We started every lesson with an activity called Actor’s Toolbox and reviewed/discussed the Tlingit core values. Then we moved into a full body weave with the class to help them better understand the concept using their whole bodies. Next we created weaving patterns, making small individual weaves, and then we moved into exploring how we could incorporate more Alaska Native arts into the presentation.