For our first meeting of the semester the students were split up into groups of three and created their own clan. A clan is a group of people who share a common ancestor, real or mythical. The students also learned the following concepts: culture, totem, rite of passage, and symbol and applied them in the creation of their clans. Each clan was encouraged to come up with a clan name, a shared ancestor, a leader (or no leader), attire, a clan totem/symbol, and any other identifying features. Our clans got very creative in creating their cultural identities.
The Magical Rainbow Zebra clan: The Magical Rainbow Zebra clan was a created by a group of all ladies. Their shared ancestor was a Magical Zebra who lived on a rainbow. They elected to have no leader, and instead settle disputes with a vote. The students chose to have an insignia on a button that identified membership in their clan. Their clan symbol was a rainbow over a colorful rainbow with the words love, friendship, kindness, and laughter written in the different colors of the rainbow. Additionally, the Magical Rainbow Zebra clan came up with a secret handshake that only clan members could know. In order to become a member of the clan you had to be given a button and learn the secret handshake.
The Ice clan: The Ice Clan all admires their shared ancestor John, who lived long ago. John loved ice products, such as ice cream and Popsicles, but he also loved to run. One day John decided to run a marathon while eating ice cream and wearing shorts and a white headband. Throughout the race, a group of people followed John and eventually established the sweet-loving but athletic Ice Clan. They are a proud egalitarian (politically and socially equal/without a leader) clan and regularly wear shorts and fabulous white headbands which indicate membership in the group. They have several different totems that all represent ice products and their love for ice cream and fun.
Anna helps the Ice clan think about their common ancestor.
The Tuscaloosans clan:. The ancestor of the Tuscaloosans is a combination of Chief Tuscaloosa and Aslan the lion. They are a warrior-centric culture and specialize in making weapons and armor. The cultural symbol is a shield with a wolf’s head and fire upon it. To enter their land you must know the secret handshake.
The Wizard clan: The common ancestor of the is Dumbledore and they are trained in the use of magic from a very young age. They travel through the use of griffins, unicorns, and the dreaded shark-mermaid. When a clansmen has a birthday, they are given a special token that grants 2 magical wishes. The rest of the community then performs elaborate mock-battles and other feats of strength within the arena. The Wizard Clan is a democracy, where all issues are debated and voted. The mortal enemies of the Wizard Clan are snakes and other serpentine creatures.