The Fletcher Academy took a break from their end-of-year studies for some lighthearted entertainment and learning at their first Arts/Culture Festival. I took a break from some never-ending emails to join in the fun.
The day began with a series of dance performances by students from the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School, dressed in beautiful, colorful regalias. The dances were accompanied with short traditional stories with important lessons, including a woman who was turned into a woodpecker after repeatedly lying, teaching students to be honest and fair.
After watching several performances, Fletcher Academy students were invited to join in the fun by performing in a group friendship dance with the Haliwa-Saponi students.
The day continued with workshops and activities to introduce Fletcher Academy students to new crafts, including a special opportunity to join the Haliwa-Saponi Blue Moon Drummers.
Haliwa-Saponi and Fletcher Academy have worked together and shared resources over the years, a relationship that began when former Fletcher Academy Headmaster Junell Blaylock came to Fletcher Academy after having worked at the Haliwa-Saponi school.
All in all, it was a great day celebrating arts and culture with North Carolina friends and Fletcher family.