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Exploring Artifacts from Different Countries

Posted by on December 17, 2013

“People from different cultures have different definitions for beauty. Isn’t that sad to judge others with our standards … rather than appreciate them?”
~ Mizuki Nomura

MUSIC makes the WORLD go 'round! The Tunisian hand cymbals were SO beautifully etched and made an AWESOME sound!

MUSIC makes the WORLD go ’round! It brings us together! The Tunisian hand cymbals were SO beautifully etched and made an AWESOME sound!

“Wow! I was right … the gold necklace is from India! I never though touching stuff would be SO much fun! But, I like sketching more! Mrs. Renton brought in some of her stuff from our four countries. She brought in clay drums from India! CLAY DRUMS! How in the WORLD do you make CLAY CRUMS! And, SEED JEWELRY from Peru! JEWELRY! SEEDS! Mixed! Why? But, from the kid … Peru: there was wooden pan pipes and an ocarina and some more stuff. I wish we could do this again sometime!” ~Amy

The gold necklace from India was SPECTACULAR! We felt SO professional wearing our white museum gloves!

The gold necklace from India was SPECTACULAR! We felt SO professional wearing our white museum gloves!

“Oooo, some people said. Yesterday we got to see artifacts from: Peru, India, Ukraine and Tunisia. My favourite artifact was a desert rose. You think it is a rose … it is actually a mineral! The desert rose is found in Tunisia. The terrain in Tunisia is desert (in some places LR) … that is why a desert rose has the word “desert”.” ~Isaac

The rosewood flute from India was SO beautifully carved.

The rosewood flute from India was SO beautifully carved. The colourful trinket boxes are from India … and THEY came from Winners. What an AWESOME find!

“SUPER! We got the Fort Calgary kit! We learned about Peru, Ukraine, Tunisia and india! The Ukrainians mad a nesting doll that was in the traditional box. Peru had some blue and purple earrings made from seeds. India had a gold necklace! Tunisia had a desert rose. A desert rose is a type of rock. Wow. That was a lot of work! My favourite part was sketching.” ~Hilary

“This is cool, I said to myself. I can’t believe people made this by hand. The things in the Fort Calgary kit were so cool. My favourite part was when we got to sketch the things. My favourite thing to sketch was the pysanka. I only got to sketch three things. The day flew by so fast!” ~Alex

The clay Indian drum was SO cool. Playing it was a TON of fun!

The clay Indian drum was SO cool. Playing it was a TON of fun!

“Ding, ding, ding went the bell. As I ran into the room I saw Peruvian, Indian, Ukrainian and Tunisian stuff on people’s desks. Even on MY desk. Then as soon as I got to my desk Mrs Renton said can everyone come to the carpet. When everyone was at the carpet Mrs. Renton told us why there were artifacts on our desks. She said you can sketch the artifacts or look around. I decided to sketch. My favourite artifact was the pan flute! But, I hope we can do it again.” ~Kelly

Ooooo, I thought to myself. I was looking at the artifacts yesterday. We used gloves to touch them. Mrs. Renton brought at least one artifact for each country. Mrs. Renton likes Peru the best … that’s why she has a LOT of artifacts for Peru. I went around. I was blowing into pan flutes without putting my lips on them. At the end I decided to sketch the hand cymbals. But, there were only three artifacts from Tunisia. Two desert roses and hand cymbals. Did you know that Mrs. Renton is CRAZY about rocks? She brought one of the desert roses. I am not done sketching!” ~Daniel

We LOVED the Peruvian pan pipes. This one came back from Peru with Lauren Adamson! Thank you, Lauren!

We LOVED the Peruvian pan pipes. This one came back from Peru with Lauren Adamson! Thank you, Lauren!

“I thought that this day might be important because I knew it would be the Fort Calgary kit. My favourite was the flower rosewood flute from India. My second favourite thing was so incredible … the pysanka painted egg from Ukraine. Now my third exciting artifact was called “trinket boxes” and they’re from India. This day was exciting for me!” ~Lane

“Wow!!! How fast Monday went! Me and my class saw the Ukrainian, Peruvian, Tunisian and Indian artifacts. The Ukrainian artifacts were 4 matroshkas, 1 pysanky and a sopilka. A matroshka is a stacking doll. The sopilka is a colourful flute. And, the pysanky is a beautiful, detailed Ukrainian easter egg. The Peruvian artifacts were weaved dolls, weaved purses and a lot of music instruments. The Tunisian artifacts were hand cymbals and a desert rose. The last table was the Indian station. There I saw a gold necklace, trinket boxes, clay drums and a sari. My favourite part was the beautiful painted enormous matroshka. I wish the kit was in our classroom all New Year!” ~Martin

The Peruvian ocarina, on the left, and the Peruvian huiro, on the right, were AMAZING musical instruments.

The Peruvian ocarina, on the left, and the Peruvian huiro, on the right, were AMAZING musical instruments.

“This is an amazing rosewood flute I thought to myself. It was from India. I like the rose and wooden flute because I really like music. I wonder if the Indians only use the rosewood flute for celebrations. After we finished looking at all the artifacts we got to sketch our favourite artifacts. My favourite one was the stacking dolls. It was from Ukraine. I wish we still had the Fort Calgary kit!” ~Aya

“Scribble. Scribble. Scribble. Yesterday I was checking out some new artifacts from the Fort Calgary kit. I was sketching some of my favourite artifacts. While we were sketching we were listening to music from our four countries we are studying in Social Studies. My favourites were the Peruvian pan pipes, the Indian fake gold necklace, the Peruvian huiro and the Ukrainian pysanka. I liked the pan pipes because when I blew into it I could hear the sound without touching it with my lips. I also liked the fake gold necklace because it reminds me of Egypt. Also I liked the pysanka because it was very smooth. I liked the huiro because it is an awesome instrument to play. I wonder if we will do this in Grade Four? I hope so!” ~Peng Peng

Mrs. Renton found this ADORABLE little bird flute at Ten Thousand Villages. They have a GREAT selection of artifacts from around the world!

Mrs. Renton found this ADORABLE little bird flute at Ten Thousand Villages. They have a GREAT selection of artifacts from around the world!

“What? Really? We got the Fort Calgary kit … AGAIN! It was the same four countries. One of my favourites was from India. It was the gold necklace, and the wooden pan pipe. I got to try to play it. Then I said to Catherine, these artifacts are SO cool. But, that’s not all in this kit. There was music too. There were also books. We have listened to them all! My favourite artifact was Mrs. Renton’s and it was the drum from India. You could pat it lightly. I wish we could do that again!” ~Jenna

“Wow! This pysanka is so beautiful I thought to myself. A pysanka is an egg that is painted. It is from Ukraine. Also from Ukraine we got a mastroshka doll. They are wooden figures that are painted like dolls. They also can split in the middle of it’s body, where you can open it and there are other dolls inside. The kit also came with music. Now I will tell you about the sopilka. It is a wooden flute from Ukraine. It is painted beautifully. I hope we get the kit again!” ~Noam

The beautiful Peruvian blue seed jewelry came from Brendan ... a gift to Mrs. Renton from an OLD Battalion Blogger! The woven purses came from Ashli! We LOVE our growing collection!

The beautiful Peruvian blue seed jewelry came from Brendan … a gift to Mrs. Renton from an OLD Battalion Blogger! The woven purses came from Ashli! We LOVE our growing collection!

“Tick. Tick. Mrs. Renton put the artifacts out. We have to put some rules down explained Mrs. Renton. You have to wear these gloves and be careful! Now you can go. My favourite station was the Indian station. There was this flute that was so detailed there were flowers where the holes were and vines running up the sides and plants everywhere with flowers on them. At both ends it was smooth! The other station I really liked was the Peruvian station. I was sketching an ocarina. It was the shape of an oval with a hole bunch of details! I wish there were more Indian things.” ~Ethan

“Wow I said to myself as we saw all the artifacts come out of the huge rubbermaid container. We got a different Fort Calgary kit with artifacts. They were really, really cool. We all had to put white gloves on so the oil on our hands would not damage them. Then we got to go to a station and touch. My favourite was the Ukrainian station and I sketched the coloured nesting doll. That was all I had time for. I wish we could do more but we have to have a body break! I will never forget those amazing artifacts!” ~Zyne

The Peruvian dolls were a gift from Mrs. Renton's friend Mrs. Kingsford. We LOVE these dolls!

The Peruvian dolls were a gift from Mrs. Renton’s friend Mrs. Kingsford. We LOVE these dolls!

“This is so fun, I exclaimed to Jenna. We were taking out the matroshka, (nesting dolls) from Ukraine. The matroshka are dolls that you can take apart and tiny ones inside and also they get smaller and smaller every time you take one apart. Wow. You’re right Jenna exclaimed, these are fun. I absolutely loved having the second Fort Calgary kit inside the classroom. I hope next year’s class has so much fun with it like I did.” ~Kennedy

“Blog readers, I would like to tell you about the Fort Calgary kit artifacts that we got to do yesterday. But, we didn’t just have the kit, we also had Mrs. Renton’s and I think other kids brought some too. I really liked the pan pipe because you can blow in them. At the end, we listened to music and sketched. One artifact I did was the desert rose. Bye readers!” ~Kale

The Ukrainian pysanka, (painted egg), and the sopilka, (colourful flute), were SO beautifully decorated.

The Ukrainian pysanka, (painted egg), and the sopilka, (colourful flute), were SO beautifully decorated.

“Whooow! When I blowed into the pan flute I could still hear the sound going into my ears. It was awesome. Can you believe it? I hope we can do this again.” ~Cohen

“Wow! Look at all those designs I said to Kennedy. I looked at the shiny blue container. It was full of flowers and beads and lots more jewels. These were some of my favourite parts. When I was at the Ukrainian station because of the stacking dolls. Especially the big one because the size it went down to was about your middle fingernail! Amazing, huh? I also loved the Peruvian stations because there was a pan pipe, which is my favourite instrument. I like how they weave around with colourful colours. There are lots more things I love about the Fort Calgary kit. I hope I can do the Fort Calgary kit again!” ~Claire

The Ukrainian matroshka, (nesting dolls), were SO adorable. This one was lent to us by Mrs. Adamson. Thank you SO much for sharing your Mom's treasures with us!

The Ukrainian matroshka, (nesting dolls), were SO adorable. This one was lent to us by Mrs. Adamson. Thank you SO much for sharing your Mom’s treasures with us!

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
~ Maya Angelou

We wonder:

  • Have you ever MADE pysanka? It looks SO hard to do. The designs are SO detailed.
  • What would be YOUR favourite artifact? Why?
  • Do YOU have any special cultural artifacts from YOUR family? We’d LOVE to hear about them and what makes them special.
  • We also wonder what OTHER instruments can be found in our four countries!

2 Responses to Exploring Artifacts from Different Countries

  1. jenna

    Hi classmates

    I hope you have a GREAT winter brake

    Now to the post

    Great writing to you all

    I loved the wooden pan pipe, it was SO fun to touch it
    What did you like more the wooden pan pipe or the pysanky ( I think that is how you spell that).

    I like the pysanky a lot.

    Now I can not hind a way to get a link on here so search somthing for me maybe just look at Images

    Have a great holiday with you family’s!

    Jenna

    • Kennedy and Kelly

      Hi Jenna!

      Thank you for leaving an Awesome comment! Yes all of us have had a great winter brake. Have you?

      I think I liked the wooden pan pipe and the pysanky it is hard to choose, they are both great don’t you think. How about you! 😉

      That is okay Jenna if you can’t get a link because you can always copy and past the link!!!
      We hope you also had a great holiday with your family (it is after the holidays so we put had not have).

      Kennedy and Kelly 🙂 😉

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