Honoring the Memory of Ancestors
Themes: Cultural symbolism and meaning of monarch, ties to indigeneity, and remembering our ancestry.
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Other than the questions attached to each photograph, students can also be prompted with the following questions: (1) What are some similarities and differences between the various practices depicted? (2) Why do you think these elements are included in their ways of honoring their ancestors? (3) Do you recognize some of the practices depicted? What connections can you make to some of these practices? (4) What are other ways you can honor an ancestor?
This activity encourages students to share their interpretations and individual cultural perspectives on how they remember their ancestors and reflect on their ancestry. Remembering our ancestors can be a sensitive topic for students, therefore, be sure to validate the diversity of your students’ memories, experiences, and their practices. The monarch butterfly can serve as an introduction to highlight the ancestral knowledge of indigenous communities and practices, elicit empathy of the past and other cultures, and acknowledge indigenous influence and personal ties.