Programs - Multicultural Activities

Tell Your Own Totem Story with Rhoda Merkel

Students will paint a canvas banner with the animals they choose as their personal totems.  They will be lead through an introspective exercise that will help them determine: What each animal choice means and its significance to their lives and to their personality.

Grade Suitability:


Maximum Class Size:

Class size

Time Required:

4-6 hours

Material Required:

Supplied by artist.

Material Cost:

Supply costs depend on what is painted on. Usually $50-$75.

Language of Instruction:





September - June

Special Notes:

It is wonderful to see students have a better understanding of themselves, to help them understand why they are the way the way they are. 

Rhoda Merkel

Rhoda was born and raised in the Yukon, is a member of the Tahltan Nation and is a passionate First Nation culture promoter, educator and artist.  She has a studio in Atlin, B.C., where you can find her sewing, beading, painting, and moose tufting, writing, or preparing for school teaching sessions.  Rhoda has been working in Yukon schools for over 10 years and has been teaching for over 30 years.  She is available to do small or big projects, in all communities, has worked in every grade level and is Available for Sky is the Limit projects.

Contact: 250-651-7668 or 867-335-1761


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