A picture is worth a thousand words


Observe the painting. Look at the painting for inspiration. As a class, construct the first few sentences, then the first paragraph of a story, through group discussion and suggestion. Add to the paragraph by passing the story around until it is complete. The process is repeated including as manynames of characters, places,  events as possible until the story seems finished. The Teacher will read the final story while students listen to hear the result of their group effort.

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

by Flora M. Stewart, Tyler Guno, Edward Mcmillan and Drew Gonu


From time immemorial, our ancestors created canoes. They used them to travel back and forth in the NASS and along the coast of B.C. In what is now known as British Columbia, they used to make canoes out of cotton; they were only able to use the canoe for one season then it would get too water logged. Eventually they started to create the canoes out of cedar; they put designs on the canoes to show where they were from or to show their tribe. In Vancouver, a bunch of Nisga’a found one of these canoes when it appeared out of the blue on the beach. They were only able to identify this canoe by the designs on it … Nisga’a designs.

All the Nisga’a s that were in Vancouver gathered to see the canoe; they were all curious to know where it came from. How had it made it to that beach? They decided to hop in the canoe, and then they were singing and going to the NASS. To go see if the Nisga’a in the Nass had lost a canoe and to find out if anyone was missing from any of the communities.

When they got to the Nass, the communities held a big feast for the lost Nisga’a Canoe. When they saw that the Ancestors’ canoe had finally come home some of the elders were very emotional. Afterwards they put the canoe in the Nisgaa Museum in Greenville. Every year the Nisga’a had a celebration of the home coming of the canoe.

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