West End hosts storyteller

Former Rome City Schools teacher Carol Brown (right) tells the students at West End Elementary stories she learned from the Cherokee Nation.

Second grade students at West End Elementary School have been busy learning all about Native American culture and customs, especially the stories about Major Ridge, the Chieftains Museum, the nearby Etowah Indian Mounds and the Trail of Tears — all historically significant to Native Americans.

On Friday, October 11, these students were treated to a special storytelling session by Carol Brown, a former teacher of Rome City Schools.

Courtney Cescutti and Emily Hall, both teachers at West End, have been educating their students about the importance of oral storytelling in Native American culture, and helped their students to refresh their memories about what else they have learned so far in their classes.

From food, tools, clothes and cultures, Cescutti said that the students have enjoyed finding themselves in the identity of a group they are unfamiliar with.

West End is actually planning a trip to New Echota, the former capital of the Cherokee Nation, soon. The group of second grade students will also start studying Sequoia and his contributions to the Cherokee alphabet.

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