The school year always starts out with our Crow Fair celebration in August. Equivalent to New Years, Crow Fair is a time where we come together with our families to remember and honor those who have come before and our culture. I had the opportunity to meet with some elders who supported my “Apsàalooke Voices and Stories” project. Along with that, I had the awesome opportunity to give away schools supplies to Crow students. I wanted to be creative with the giveaway so I decided to give away the backpacks during the parade that happens every morning.
I loaded the backpacks onto a flatbed and decorated my float. We waited until it was our turn to join the parade and right away our float was a hit. We had students of all ages running to us and asking for backpacks! I could not believe the big smiles and huge thanks that I received from the kids! It was something that I will always cherish. I felt the love and hope that our children had inside them. I could not be happier with the outcome of that give away.
At Crow Agency Public School, I am working with elementary students who are interested in participating in my project. This is going to be an afterschool program where students will learn how to draw and paint where those skills acquired will be used to create illustrations for their short story lines. The storytelling series will be implemented into the afterschool program as well as short Crow lessons. Some students plan to create their books based off the importance of their Crow names and how they interpret them. Both students and teachers are excited to begin this program! I was also super happy and proud to see some students rocking the backpacks that we gave away during the Crow Fair parade!