Starting out with African slave songs and chants in Kreyol and the Haitian Yanvalou movement representing
"the divine breath of life" and through participatory mime, movement and hands-on performance using colorful
scarves and through the making of Haitian libation bottles, participants are exposed to the basic elements and
characteristics of the spiritual Nations of Haitian folklore and culture: Rada, Djouba, Nago, Ibo, Kongo,
Petwo, Banda and Gede. For teacher-in-services, teachers will come away with a sense of Haitian life, customs,
spirituality, dance and music that they can share with their classrooms. In drawing veves and making libation
bottles, participants learn about the Haitian gods, goddesses, saints and spirits and how they relate to the
Greek mythology gods/goddesses and the universal heroes and heroines from all cultures. Crafts materials required.