The organisation for today’s class was slightly different. We planned for our lesson to coincide with a new activity in the village organised by the local Taiwu Elementary School choir. The choir has started to have their Saturday singing practice in puljetji village, in order to give the students a chance to learn from local teachers and to give residents of the village the opportunity practice and learn traditional songs.
The content of our lesson, ‘tribal legends’ and ‘the festival of the men’, and the songs were used to supplement each other. By sharing the history and meaning behind legends and village events students were able to better understand the meaning of the songs they were singing, and by singing the songs the content of the lessons also felt more alive and tangible.