The outreach activities for the Fubuki Daiko – Japanese Drumming and Dance project include two school outreach experiences. One is a 45-minute concert and one, a two-hour drum workshop.
The 45-minute drumming and dance program will be designed for an audience of middle and high school age students and held at the Polson High School auditorium. In addition to students from the two Polson public schools, middle and high school age students from Mission Valley Christian Academy will be invited. The afternoon outreach program will include brief interludes for descriptions of Fubuki Daiko’s drumming and percussion instruments as well explanations of the Japanese culture that grounds Fubuki Daiko’s traditional heritage of drumming and dance.
The two-hour drum workshop will be an invitational workshop also held at Polson High School. Invitees will include members of Indian Culture Clubs in the 7 middle and high schools on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Invitees will also include adult and youth members of local tribal drum groups.
Mission Valley Live outreach volunteers will work with Dana Hewankorn, director of educational outreach services at the Peoples Center, to coordinate and promote the Fubuki Daiko drumming workshop. The intended focus of the workshop will be to foster awareness, understanding and appreciation for the influence of drumming in the culture of the Japanese people and the people of Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.