Blackhawk Singers made a special visit to the Northwest Indian College’s Early Learning Center

Lawrence Solomon of the Blackhawk Singers made a special visit to the Northwest Indian College’s Early Learning Center to share his gifts with the children and staff. Mr. Solomon’s visit came during our celebration of traditional songs week to enhance our classroom learning and hands on experience. Children had the opportunity to listen and participate in the traditional song and dance.

Mr. Solomon brought his hand drum and the children played our classroom drums and clappers, provided by the Restorative Teachings Early Childhood Education Initiative. The children were also encouraged to dance. Each child had a chance to try out Mr. Solomon’s drum and ask questions. Early Learning Center staff and children from the Infant room, toddler room, preschool room, kitchen and office participated in this multigenerational event.


Fingers wrapped tightly

Crossed laces

Skin pulled taut

By firelight or heat

Echo now

Rhythm

Hearts, Ancestors, Lives

Give sound to movement

Always forward

Never forgotten

With us, in us

Who we are

Who we will be

Generations

Hope

Of those who came before

For those who come after

Each wanting more

For the next

Echoing

Feet moving

Rhythm

Remembered, new, to come

Fingers wrapped tightly

Crossed laces

Imparting wisdom

Gifting hope

The drum, the song, the dance

Poem, article, and photos courtesy of Rachel Goodman, Lead Preschool Teacher and Colville Descendant