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Tell Your Own Totem Story with Rhoda Merkel

Rhoda Merkel • First Nations Programming

Students will paint a canvas banner with the animals they choose as their personal totems. They will be lead through an introspective exercise that will help them determine: What each animal choice means and its significance to their lives and to their personality.

Grade Suitability4-12
Maximum Class SizeClass size
Time Required4-6 hours
Material RequiredSupplied by artist.
Material CostSupply costs depend on what is painted on. Usually $50-$75.
Language of InstructionEnglish
CommunitiesAll
AvailabilitySeptember - June
Special NotesIt is wonderful to see students have a better understanding of themselves, to help them understand why they are the way the way they are.

Rhoda Merkel

Rhoda was born and raised in the Yukon, is a member of the Tahltan Nation and is a passionate First Nation culture promoter, educator and artist. She has a studio in Atlin, B.C., where you can find her sewing, beading, painting, and moose tufting, writing, or preparing for school teaching sessions. Rhoda has been working in Yukon schools for over 10 years and has been teaching for over 30 years. She is available to do small or big projects, in all communities, has worked in every grade level and is Available for Sky is the Limit projects.

Contact the artist

  • 250-651-7668 or 867-335-1761
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