Grade 4 Big House Experience

SD71 K'omoks First Nation Big House Experience 
Excerpts and explanation of the actual day.
 

Andy Everson​

Andy Everson was born in Comox, BC in 1972 and named Na̱gedzi after his grandfather, the late Chief Andy Frank of the K’ómoks First Nation. Andy has also had the honour of being seated with the ‘Na̱mg̱is T̓sit̓sa̱ł'walag̱a̱me' name of Ḵ̓wa̱mxa̱laga̱lis I'nis.​

Big House Experience Pre-Teaching Lesson 1​​​​​​​​

​Lesson 1 Materials

Big House Experience Pre-Teaching Lesson 2

For more information: 

Activating Prior Knowledge for Big House Experience

​These are some ideas for introducing the local K'omoks First Nation culture to students. They can be done prior to lessons for the Big House Experience, or in conjunction with a nu​​mber of oth​​​er lessons focused on West Coast Aboriginal content. 

This kit is designed to help students determine importance. Normally you determine importance as you read or after you read, but this kit features befor​​​​​e reading activities  that tap into background knowledge, get kids using non-fiction text features, and develop content-specific vocabulary. Please add your favourite “after reading”  graphic organizer once the strategies in this kit have been tried.

Note that there are two files for this lesson as the​​re are two different page sizes. 

​Each page is linked both as a 

 ​These are some ideas for introducing the local K'omoks First Nation culture to students. They can be done prior to lessons for the Big House Experience, or in conjunction with a nu​​mber of oth​​​er lessons focused on West Coast Aboriginal content​

The K'omoks Big House Exeperience is hosted by the Kumugwe Dancers who share their culture and knowledge with all the Grade 4's in SD71 Comox Valley District.  The video below highlights two of the youth, Jesse and Matthew Everson, from the Kumugwe Dancers and K'omoks First Nation. 

Meet a Local Legend: The Kumugwe Dancers

Kumugwe Cultural Society
 
Check out the Kumugwe Dancers website, Kumugwe Cultural Society for more background.
 
Click here to  browse their  stunning collection of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast artwork and crafts, produced by featured First Nation artists.
 
History of the I-Hos logo​ - click here ​for more information on the logo.

​Poles in Front of Administration Building 

​- for more information on these poles - have a look at the following video. 

Big House Explanation by Andy Everson