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School Concerts: During interactive concerts, Ed plays guitar, fiddle, flute, and hand drum and sings. He speaks of growing up on reserve, tells traditional stories, and encourages each person to find their passion and develop it with the help of others and then go out and share it with the world.
Older students appreciate Ed’s skill as a musician. Younger ones love his quiet playfulness. Indigenous students feel pride. All experience being with a strong Indigenous man who sometimes felt alone as a child and who grew up to be a healthy and happy person.
Music Workshops: Ed offers guitar, flute, and fiddle workshops.
Songwriting: Ed brings the tune. The class brings their ideas. Together they write, perform, and record a song.
Music Demonstrations: (offered when Ed is already doing a concert or workshop in a school)
Ed sets up in a music room or library and classes from K-12 are scheduled to visit him there. He shows students his instruments and talks about how he learned to play them. Students can listen to some of Ed’s recordings, talk about his musical influences, and ask questions about making music and being a musician.
Art Workshops: Ed offers drawing, painting, and carving workshops to students grade 4 and up. His themes include wildlife, Indigenous history and spirituality, and growing up on reserve.
Art Demonstrations: (offered when Ed is already doing a concert or workshop in a school)
Ed sets up in an art room or library and classes from K-12 are scheduled to visit him there. Ed has carvings and paintings in different stages of completion to show students his creative process. They can look through his portfolios, talk about his artistic influences, and ask questions about making art and being and artist.
Talks: (offered when Ed is already doing a concert or workshop in a school)
Ed gives a talk and shows slides of the illustrations he did for the book “Ahtahkakoop: The epic Account of a Plains Cree Chief, His People, and Their Struggle for Survival 1816-1896” (2000). This tells the story of a chief leading his people before, during, and after the move onto reservation which was a crucial time in Canadian history.
Path of Gratitude Workshop:
Ed offers a ½ day or evening experiential workshop for communities about gratitude. The Elders remind us that we usually get something and then give thanks but, when we give thanks first, everything else in our life changes for the better. Among other things in the workshop, people will:
Recognize the things that are going well in their lives right now no matter how “small”.
Claim the talents and skills they have.
Name who has helped them develop and share those gifts.
Consider the power of words to shape their life.
Turn usual patterns of thinking and talking up-side down or down-side-up to see what they may be thinking and saying without being awake.
Explore how changing their story can change their life.
Experience some relief and gratitude.