Friday, February 05, 2010


Today Fule and I went to St. Ursula School in Brampton. It was our third visit to the school school in four years- a total of six presentations. This time we performed an abridged "The Griot's Journey", an interactive storytelling performance of history with song and dance. We presented in the morning and in the afternoon for the entire school from kindergarten to grade eight. Inspite of the wide age range for both performance, we were extremely well received. I told of Quobna Ottobah Cugoano from his biography, a slave narrative and also of Harriet Tubman, the most daring conductor of the underhground railroad. There is also the little known history of the 1793 bill passed by Lt Gov. Simcoe which enabled the underground railroad. We ended the performance with a folktale and a dance with a rousing school chant. Hey, St Ursula!

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