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Teaching totem poles in Serbia

English Language Fellow Brooke Ricker traveled from her fellowship base in Nis, Serbia to Novi Pazar, where she conducted a workshop about totem poles in Alaska.

With the assistance of the local American Corner, Ricker hosted 11 children from the ages of 7 to 13. She introduced the animals native to Alaska, explained and shared photos of totem poles, and read a Native Alaskan myth, “How the Raven Stole the Sun.” The kids then drew totem animals of their own and created totem poles with their totem animals on them.

The children were curious and energetic, and they peppered Ricker with questions about the animals.

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