Native American Heritage Month

experiencing native american storytelling

When visiting author Kevin Maillard invited Meadow Pond’s entire second and third grade to pretend to be squirrels, there was a whole lot of chattering, sniffing and nibbling going on, as well as giggling.

The students didn’t need much encouragement because Maillard led the way—using hand motions and facial expressions he shared stories about the five squirrels he heard in his home, and the three bats that flew into his living room.

Through the November 27 presentation, Maillard—a member of the Muscogee Creek tribe, part of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma—gave students a taste of Native American storytelling, a hallmark of which is the value of honoring all life.

Visit supports belonging at Meadow Pond

The all-grade visit was arranged for by the school PTO and the Belonging at Meadow Pond committee, which supports diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. It was part of the school’s honoring of Native American Heritage Month.