Henniker sixth graders immerse themselves in Japanese culture
Henniker sixth graders have been studying Japan as part of the Artist in Residency program. Stuart Paton and Motoko worked with the students to put on a performance on March 20 at Henniker Community School. Paton, founder and artistic director of Burlington Taiko, taught the students Japanese Taiko drumming. Motoko, professional storyteller and native of Japan, taught the students Kamishibai (Japanese storytelling), calligraphy, origami and haiku poetry. Paton leads the students of Karen McGee's class in a performance.
Joseph Wegman concentrates as he performs.
Paton (in the lion head) nibbles on the hand of kindergartener Eli Marquardt, which in Japanese culture means good luck.
Paton gets ready to bang on a drum.
Cory Warren-Foote performs in the Lion Dance.