After the Swahili Lessons at Harvey Rice, we bumped into Mrs. Chambliss. Mrs. "C" was one of our first teachers with the Swahili lessons some years back. She was phenomenal - it was wonderful to see her!
Day two of our Kiswahili Culture Classes at Harvey Rice was filled with a full Kwanzaa ceremony! What better way to send off the wanafunzi before the Holiday break?
Full of good principles and fun, we were able to learn of all the parts and props of a real Kwanzaa ceremony. In the end, they enjoyed a healthy mini-feast. Two of our Swahili Village leaders, Madison and Solomon were there to help the Walimu!
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Kujichagulia means self-determination and to the wanafunzi (students) at our Harvey Rice Kiswahili class it means a way to show who they are to the world. Self determination is telling everyone who you are and how you want to describe yourself. In this lesson the wanafunzi were given words cut from magazines and allowed to trade with friends to create their own Kujichagulia self-vision boards.
Here are the results: an abundance of affirmations that are thoughtful and insightful. On the bottom of the vision board worksheet we all wrote a person who we want to pour libations. Some of the children cried out loud when we asked the question of who was important in their life that have lost. They had not been given a chance to ever speak about the loved ones that have died so it was a painful experience for them.
Pouring libations is about taking the grief which we are not allowed to express and letting it become a source of strength. We taught them the importance of saying the names of ancestors so that they are always with us and protecting us. Libations allows us the ability to release those negative emotions. It also gives us the opportunity to allow those who have died to be acknowledged as a special part of our lives that helped shape who we are today and who we will be in the future. I pour libations for my grandmother, Helen Sutton. Ase! -Ginaya