On Monday, October 16th, the students of Watrous
Elementary School and Watrous Winston High School had the honour of listening
to Life Speaker Starblanket. Life Speaker Starblanket spoke to the
Kindergartens to Grade 7’s in the morning.
Around 11:30, Grade 8 and Grade 12 students loaded up into a
school bus and trucks to visit the farm of Ivan Allin. Ivan Allin is a local
farmer whose pasture is home to several stone circles, a buffalo rub stone, as
well as other First Nations artifacts. Grade 12 students gave Life Speaker
Starblanket a gift of tobacco and he then educated the students on First
Nations culture. The students explored the area, discovering several of the
stone circles, looked at artifacts collected by Mr. Allin, and saw the buffalo
Lisa Hein, Archeologist and friend of Life Speaker
Starblanket, met the group at the pasture. While students returned to class,
Lisa Hein, Life Speaker Starblanket, Larry Mikulcik (Horizon School Division
Curriculum Coach) and Ivan & Rita Allin were able to explore the area as Ms.
Hein recorded GPS locations of the stone circles and buffalo rub stone. Ms.
Hein is committed to returning to the area this fall or next spring to further
document the historical findings on the farm.