The students in the Aboriginal Circle Program have made beautiful, mini button blankets, which are on display in the Library. Button Blankets are specific to the First Nations tribes of the Northwest Coast, much like totem poles. Button Blankets were worn like a cape during special ceremonies, or given as gifts. Traditionally, Button Blankets were made of red and black wool, with white shell buttons. The blanket would have the animal crest of the clan of the wearer; for example, a wolf, raven, bear, or killer whale/orca.
To go along with this fabulous display, Ms. Lehnert is reading a First Nations legend this week: The First Beaver, by Caroll Simpson. Button Blankets are featured in this story, and the main character, Reedee, leaves one behind for her mother, before beginning her journey of transformation.