Mountains in Clouds

June 27- July 1 Day 5

Today's continent was Africa so we started with a game of Ampe (jump twice and pick a foot to put out in front of you, if it matches the leader's foot they get a point, if not then you are the leader). Next we talked about the Nile and Egyptians. We looked at pictures of hieroglyphics on temples and talked about how papyrus is made. Then they drew or stamped their name in hieroglyphs on a papyrus bookmark. While talking about the Nile we discussed water pollution in Africa and looked at the SODIS method as well as making our own Bushcraft filter (muslin, charcoal, sand, grass, gravel). It did clear out a lot of the sediment but ofcourse it still would need to be boiled before drinking. Then after snack and play practice, we went to the obstacle course. Next we talked about Kente cloth and its importance to African tribes. I showed a video of how the cloth is made. Some explorers played Mancala while others made art using Adinkra symbols (symbols from Ghana that represent aphorisms like "strength", "wisdom", "love", etc. ). After lunch, we did a dress rehearsal of their play and went to the creek. I am working on sending a recorded copy of the play to everyone ASAP.