Thank you to the students of Garibaldi Elementary School for providing this information about the American Mink!
The American Mink can be up to 68.7 cm in body length and lives in B.C.. They are brown coloured with white markings on the ventral side (belly), chin, throat, chest and groin areas, and have short ears and short limbs.
Partially webbed toes and short limbs allow the American Mink to easily frequent both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. They eat meat, fish, crabs and birds.
Making coil pots from pieces of rolled out clay is a type of pottery that that was originally made in Central Mexico about 4,000 years ago. It became a traditional type of pottery used in South West America since 2,00 years ago.
This coil pot is easy to make and can be embellished with handles, plaques, engravings and other decorations.
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“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.” R.A. Salvatore, Streams of Silver
Dragons feature in Chinese mythology, folklore and culture as symbols of power, strength and good luck. They are fun to make allowing the full realm of the artists imagination.
Make a few small insects or bugs, lady bugs, worms, slugs, bees, dragon flies, butterflies, earwigs, eggs etc on a leaf. A great project for Earth Day or after looking close up to life by a pond, in the woods or in the garden.
This project compliments studies in West Coast Art, First Nation traditions and culture.
Wearing and making masks, often carved from cedar or alder wood, are a part of the culture of West Coast First Nation tradition including the Haida, Kwakiutl or Kwakwaka’wakw traditions from Haida Gwaii, Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s West Coast. Masks are worn in ceremonies and dances such as secret society and potlach dances. Some represent spirits of the woods. Often they portrayed grimacing faces which maybe blue-green, representing someone who has just escaped drowning.