Unit Overview 

Encourage students to examine the way groups work together for the common good and understand how specific factions in communities preserve their culture through the arts. Students will learn about the Bahamian Festival, Junkanoo, while making headdresses in groups. They will examine how group dynamics work, especially when minority rights need to be protected.

Service Experience 
Children will present a program, complete with a parade, in which they will share their information about Junkanoo with other students in the school or with residents of a retirement/nursing home.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Art for the Common Good—Junkanoo! (3-5)
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

Junkanoo is a Bahamian Festival that takes place in December. The festival was started by slaves who were reclaiming some of the native customs that they left behind in Africa. Junkanoo is an example of artistic expression communicating aspects of a culture. This lesson introduces the historical, geographic, and social aspects of Junkanoo. It also deals with the concept of group cooperation and asks some questions for consideration: How do factions form? How are they helpful? How can they hurt a community?