Instant campfire ambiance
Are you looking for a way to create more ambiance when sharing First People's stories and legends? Do you want to bring a more intimate and connected feeling to the group? Gathering in a circle is part of setting the scene, but gathering around a campfire can make for an even more meaningful experience.
I recently retold a First Nations story about Glooskap to a group of preservice teachers. We turned off the lights, drew the blinds and gathered in a circle. I also set up a little pyramid of three back-to-back ipads in the center of the circle with a clip of an outdoors campfire burning, complete with snapping and crackling sounds. It made all the difference. (Make sure to select full-screen for the video-clip - it looks quite real!)
(It also works for campfire songs!)