Listen to one of the stories from Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun that Paul Seesequasis has gathered.
Think about how objects can become symbols in stories. Draw an object that symbolizes a story of your own.
- Book: Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun, or. . .
- A computer/phone/tablet to listen to a reading
- Pencils, erasers, and sharpeners
- Colouring materials of your choice
- Optional: an object to look at while you draw
1. Listen to or read one of the stories that Paul has gathered about old photographs. You can pick a story from Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun to read out loud together. Or you can listen to Paul read one of these stories from his book (the actual stories start at 4:00 on each of these videos):
2. In each of these stories, an object (thing) plays an important role. In Emma Alfred’s story, it’s a beaver foot purse. In Maria Mikenak’s story, it’s her canoe. In the Fort George Rockers’ story, the important object could be their canoe, or a wet guitar, or even a pair of hip waders. Each of these objects becomes a symbol for the story it’s from; they are one small part of the story that can represent the entire thing.
Think about a story from your own life that you would like to share with the world. Try to think of an object that was important to that story.
3. Draw the object that symbolizes your story. If you have the object on hand, you can set it in front of you for something to look at as you draw. Try to draw as many details as you can see or remember on this object.
4. Practice telling your story to friends or family.