The Song-Bird and the Healing Waters
On June 12, 2019 the Métis Women’s Circle presented a Métis Music at Hess Street School. It was performed by Grades 5 to 8 students. With appreciation for funding from Hamilton Community Foundation.
Hamilton Spectator – Letter to the Editor, June 2019
“Thank you for opening my mind and heart
RE: Hess Street School
On June 12 from 2 to 3 p.m., in an overheated stuffed gymnasium at Hess Street Public School, I was swept up in a magical and rejuvenating work of art. These primary school students, led by their music teacher, Denise Montgomery — also the director and writer of this original play based on the traditional Indigenous story and book ‘The Song-Bird and The Healing Waters’ — wove a tale about patience, coexistence, and recovery.
The play incorporated many forms of visual art, soundscapes recorded in nature, drumming and other instrumental and vocal music, all created in collaboration with the Métis Women’s Circle and Hess Street Public School students and teachers, and sponsored by the Hamilton Community Foundation. The students, many of whom have come from far away before landing in this Hamilton gymnasium, showed us that people and the world can change and grow if we are able to listen to one another and to the natural world.
More of Hamilton, Ontario and Canada need to see this and to learn the lessons this story and Hess Street Public School are teaching. This could have been a glimpse into what truth and reconciliation could look like and how we might heal some of our open wounds in Canada, Hamilton-style. Thank you, Hess Street Public School, for opening your doors and my mind and heart.”
Catharine Munn, Hamilton