Thursday, 8 October 2009

Our Canoeing at Walliwall

When we went to Walliwall before we went onto the water we had to prepare by putting on buoyancy aids which Richard, one of the two instructors, pointed out were very different to life jackets because you have a lot more room to move your arms and also because you can swim with a buoyancy aid. We saw the difference between the old 1st nation paddles which were made of wood and the new modern metal and plastic ones we have now. Unfortunately the 1st nation spirit ship was not able to be there. We played a game to get into character where we had to carry sacks of life jackets in a portage fashion style which means carrying a load over land. We had to carry the sacks to the blue minibus which we came in. Dropped them and then ran back to the start, high fived our partner and then they ran to collect them. We then went into the canoes and had lots of fun.
Kirsty, Marcus

Canoeing at Walliwall

When we were canoeing at Walliwall we had to work hard as a team. We noticed that our paddles bumped into each other when we canoed so there were two ways we could sort this. One way was shouting 1 2 3 and pull on the one and the other way was humming a song and pulling on the beat. We had to to work as a team to go anywhere. We noticed quickly that voyageurs that worked for the Hudson's Bay Company must have had a hard life.
James, Robbie

Canoeing information

When we got to Walliwall Richard and Ron told us about what the voyageurs would have done when they went out to trade on big canoes that would have carried about eighteen people or more. They would have loaded every thing on to the boat and if it got broken it would have been a waste of a trip.

Our canoeing trip to Walliwall

At Walliwall our instructors threw lots of 'wild animals' into the water. We had to go and catch the them to trade with the 1st nation people. We took our catch ashore to our instructor to trade.After a long discussion we made the trade and left with one grizzly bear fur and three beaver furs.
Jack, Owen

Dancing at Corrigall

The dancing at Corrigall was about half an hour. We did three dances. The dances were the Grand March, Nine Pins, and Strip the Willow. James played the bagpipes for the Grand March. First we did the Grand March, it was very fun, then we did two dances of Nine Pins but not all people got a shot. Lastly we did Strip the Willow. Everybody enjoyed themselves.
Emma, Kayleigh

Role Play in Corrigal House

The Role Play was about twenty minutes. We were split into the groups of our Old Orkney Farming families. The families were sent into separate buildings, the Corrigall house was one off the buildings. In Corrigall house there were several hard jobs to get doing, everyone was at something. There was a young lass reading a Bible while several of the family members had huddled around to listen, there was a sibling sitting learning to write and read and a mother was rocking her child to sleep and two children were arguing over a teddy.
Lynn, Becky

Corrigall Chores

At Corrigall in the afternoon we did some chores in our families. We did chores in the house and out of the house. In the house we turned the quern stone to make flour and we carried water round the barn. We made simmons, churned butter and the girls fitted the clothes.
Robert, Ewan