In a heartfelt presentation at the October meeting, BCSTA Aboriginal Education Committee Elders Fannie Vance and Frank Johnson were gifted a drum. Fannie and Frank are valued members of the committee; their sharing and their wisdom does not go unnoticed.
Frank is a new member of the committee. It was during the Aboriginal Education Committee’s summer planning meeting that he displayed his talent for drumming and singing by using a pen and the table, playing a moving Lehal song that he performed with his grandson.
Gloria Jackson, BCSTA director and liaison to the committee, told the story to a friend who works for the First Nation Health Authority. Her friend shared the story with her supervisor, Interior Region director Lisa Montgomery-Reid, who gifted the buffalo-hide drum made by Norman Terbasket.
Frank will be the Keeper of the Drum for the BCSTA, and he will share his drumming and singing with BCSTA members at future meetings and events.
“Thank you for the beautiful drum, it will make great heart beats,” stated Fannie upon accepting the drum. Frank echoed the sentiment, adding that “it is an honour to be bestowed the Keeper of the Drum.”