SAUK VILLAGE | On Feb. 8, Wagoner School kicked off Black History Month by welcoming Mama Edie and Mama Vivian.
They are African American storytellers, poets and percussionists. Mama Edie believes the power of story can help us connect with the importance of knowledge of one’s self, of understanding our connections to the rest of the world and honoring the right each of us has to strive to attain our highest potential.
Mama Edie’s energy and passion enlightened the hearts and minds of the Wagoner students and staff. Mama Edie and Mama Vivian were adorned in garments from Nigeria and Ghana and played an instrument called the “shekere.”
The students also played musical instruments, participated in songs and stories that have been passed down through the generations. They learned lessons of honesty, friendship and the importance of using good words towards others. The students learned some sign language, and even sang in different languages.
Mama Edie taught the children the importance of loving themselves, their culture, their roots and their families. Mama Edie also shared her beliefs about good books and the importance of reading.