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February is Black History Month —and so much more

In academy awards, Adinkra, Black History Month, community, cultural event, Get Hats, Holidays, Latest News, Lunar New Year, Mandala, PERFORMANCE, Stories, The Multi-Slouch on January 27, 2017 by sioso

Happy New Year- Gung hay fat choy- Feliz Año Nuevo-Aide shoma mobarak- Bonne année – Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu- Xin nian yu kuai- Buon Capo d’Anno

FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

A Bit of information about February being Black History Month.

Black History Month, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.

Canadians take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. During Black History Month, Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and their vital role in the community.

In honour of FEBRUARY festivities Mama says: Put A Hat On! is offering a sweet deal. BUY a hat in combination with another Put A Hat On! product (hat, pouch, body-pouch, wishmark card set) and receive a delicious bottle of a mouth watering (non-alcohol) treat. The custom Adinkra designs featured on the two hats above are Osram Ne Nsoromma “the moon the star” a symbol for love, faithfulness and harmony. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

 

Some helpful Black History & Event websites:

BIV Community Calendar:tinyurl.com/BIVevents

Lists current events: http://diversity.ubc.ca/black-history-month/

VIFF Black History month series: Here’s a link to the complete series, including a link to the multipack:VIFF Black History Month Series

History and Education guide: http://blackhistorycanada.ca/

Films: https://www.nfb.ca/playlist/nfb_celebrates_black_history_month/

History, Interactive & Classroom: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/black/

http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/black-history-month/

Local History & Interactive Videos: http://blackstrathcona.com/

Local History: http://www.islandnet.com/~bcbhas/

Local History: http://www.bcblackhistory.ca/

VPL Suggested readings book list: https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/79828372_vpl_informationservice/580579887_vpl_-_black_history_month_2016

https://www.canadapost.ca/shop/stamps/2016-stamps-by-collection/black-history-month-2016/p-414002111.jsf?execution=e1s1

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/01/black-history-month-art-exhibit-vancouver/

 For another look at African-Canadian History via government PSA: Proud of our History – Blacks in Canada 

 

Mama RENEWS the triple challenge as a collective NEW YEAR’s resolution.

 

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama says: Put A Hat On! and book a home Mad-Hatter-Party (performance and product showing) with a Valentine, Un-Valentine theme throughout February. You can find Mama  at various community events in February.

  • Storytelling February 20 10:30am at Eastside Family Place (ESFP) 1655 William (for families with children under 6yrs) http://www.eastsidefamilyplace.org .
  • Workshop Thursday Feb 16 at (for adults w/ childcare provided) at Kiwassa NH on African Mancala game. The workshop is free with registration.
  • February 22nd,  World Poetry Celebrates BHM, 6:30-8:30pm, 716, 6th Street (Auditorium) New Westminster. A tribute to women of colour, past, present and future.
  • Mama says: Put A Hat On! Mandala Wishmark card sets ($7.50 ea/ 3 for $20) and custom Mandala key chains ($5 ea/ 12 or more $3.50ea) are available for order and purchase.

continuing in– WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama’s fabulousness was featured in an article at www.thelunchkitnews.wordpress.com, as a Mama entrepreneur with Mama says:Put A Hat On! Thanks Katrina Boguski for the great write-up!

 

  • West African Adinkra symbol chart. These symbols influences are part of my original designs

Mama says: Put A hat On! is taking NEW orders ready 1-2 weeks or less. Contact us via email: putahaton(at)gmail.com

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Mandala, Adinkra & Colour Workshops

In Adinkra, Black History Month, children's programs, community, cultural event, Holidays, Mandala, PERFORMANCE, public speaking, special event, spoken word, Stories, workshop on August 16, 2016 by sioso

Storytelling Tools Woven in Living Colours

Through a variety of fun, creative activities participants learn about and practice storytelling,  explore colour meanings and play with a beautiful array of coloured yarns, weaving a simple piece of art.

Mandala Meditation & Mindfulness Workshop

Mandala is “sacred circle” in Sanskrit. The mandala is primarily used as a form of meditation to gain knowledge from within. Participants will learn about, and practice using, Mandalas for enjoyment and reflection. Includes a guided meditation with custom created aromatherapy oil.

A 2-hour adult focused Mandala workshop is an opportunity to connect with other community members and learn a personal meditative and reflective practice easily integrated into busy lives. Participants will get the tools to create their own Mandala and learn some of the meaning of various colours & essential oils as they explore freeing their creativity through centered reflection. It’s a fun energy-lifting practice that gives participants surprising boost.

Some colour meanings:
RED for strength, high energy and passion
PINK for love, intuition and the feminine
ORANGE for creativity, transformation, self-awareness and intuition
YELLOW for learning, wisdom, laughter and happiness
GREEN for physical healing, psychic ability, love of nature and caring
BLUE for emotional healing, inner peace and meditation
PURPLE for all things spiritual
WHITE for spiritual focus
BLACK for mystery, deep thinking and individuality

Adinkra painting, stenciling & stamp making Workshop

A 2 hour family printmaking and storytelling workshop for seniors, adults, youth & children 5yrs and up, on Adinkra as Story. The workshop participants will hear Master Storyteller Siobhan, of Mama says; Put a Hat On and will explore the African oral tradition of stories of the Adinkra symbol language through paint, stencil & stamps.

 

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Winning Entry for the TS Dream Box

In community, Contests, Stories, Tea, Writing on March 21, 2017 by sioso

this was my quasi-epic entry all about my four favorite teas from samples within the TeaSparrow.com tea club.
“My favourite teas (limit 4 😢) are Hands down #ONE Cream of Earl Grey by the Tea Guy. When I need an end of the day or mid afternoon hug-In-a-mug this is THE TEA for me from the slightly floral smell to the warmth that extends well beyond the actual temperature of the content- it’s perfect. Funny story after being introduced to this creamy full bodied slice of bliss, in the oh so modestly sized sample pack, I went on the hunt for it out in the Tea Wonderland we now call Vancouver. I ended up writing to the owner, who used to have NV warehouse distribution, but is now far far away. My original “tea guy” that owned Steam Tea now works with actual Tea Guy but Steam (although they carry 5 types of Earl Grey-ALL of which I tried) did not carry TG -COEG. Aargh! Just when desperAtion seemed at a peek….tahdah… from On High, or at least from across town, appeared the Holiday TS samples with a “CREAM OF EARL GREY”. (cue confetti). I’m also gah gah for TG Masala Chai (but I am not using one of the ever precious 4 votes for that gem).
After #1 the love ❤️ is shared pretty equally although I’m deeply struggling with deciding between Tea Spot; Red Hot Chai and Market Spice Sweet Cinnamon from Tea Desire both are so deliciously Spinnamony (spicy&cinnamony). Also BIG LOVE for let’s call it #3 Cherry Rose Green from Elmwood Inn. It has such a crisp cherry with just a touch of rose but without being syrupy – a delight and in the words of long ago rebel Mr Kermit “it’s hard to be green”.
Finally numéro quatre, but not for lack of love just someone has to be at the end, Rishi Tea Topical Coconut Oolong which I must say I oolove oolong most of all as the newest tea that I’ve come to know. This was NOT my mamas daily cup a tea for us while growing up and probably still isn’t (very traditional British Black tea lady). Gotta say though of my intro to Oolong is still in honeymoon stage that the buttery smooth body of this tea with the bits of pineapple and coconut -AMAZING!! This is my grown up tea. As the quote says (slightly paraphrased):
When I was a child I drank tea as a child.
When I was grown I drank TC Oolong.”

There ya have it. Winner winner….

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Green Tea goodness

In Adinkra, Latest News, quotes, soap making, workshop on August 15, 2016 by sioso

Taking orders: Zen soap; ingredients include Organic Green Tea, Spirulina, mint leaves, honey, rosemary and peppermint oil. $5 ea summer sale.

email orders to putahaton@gmail.com Cash, PayPal and E-transfer welcome.

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28 Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball

In Stories on February 8, 2016 by sioso

Source: 28 Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball

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February is Black History Month —and so much more

In 2016 academy boycott, academy awards, academy awards boycott, Adinkra, Black History Month, community, cultural event, Get Hats, Holidays, Latest News, Lunar New Year, Mandala, Stories, The Multi-Slouch on January 28, 2016 by sioso

February’s SWEET DEAL- buy two & bonus drinkable present

In honour of FEBRUARY festivities Mama says: Put A Hat On! is offering a sweet deal. BUY a hat in combination with another Put A Hat On! product (hat, pouch, body-pouch, wishmark card set) and receive a delicious bottle of a mouth watering treat. The custom Adinkra designs featured on the two hats above are Osram Ne Nsoromma “the moon the star” a symbol for love, faithfulness and harmony. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

Happy New Year- Gung hay fat choy- Feliz Año Nuevo-Aide shoma mobarak- Bonne année – Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu- Xin nian yu kuai- Buon Capo d’Anno

AND…did you know that —FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is also Groundhog day, Valentine’s day, Ash Wednesday, Family Day and the boycotted Academy awards.

A Bit of information about February being Black History Month.

Black History Month, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.

Canadians take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. During Black History Month, Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and their vital role in the community.

Some helpful websites:

Lists all events: http://diversity.ubc.ca/black-history-month/

VIFF Black History month series: Here’s a link to the complete series, including a link to the multipack:VIFF Black History Month Series

History and Education guide: http://blackhistorycanada.ca/
Films: https://www.nfb.ca/playlist/nfb_celebrates_black_history_month/
History, Interactive & Classroom: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/black/
http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/black-history-month/

Local History & Interactive Videos: http://blackstrathcona.com/

Local History: http://www.islandnet.com/~bcbhas/

Local History: http://www.bcblackhistory.ca/

VPL Suggested readings book list: https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/79828372_vpl_informationservice/580579887_vpl_-_black_history_month_2016

https://www.canadapost.ca/shop/stamps/2016-stamps-by-collection/black-history-month-2016/p-414002111.jsf?execution=e1s1

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/01/black-history-month-art-exhibit-vancouver/

The City of Vancouver’s main events calendar has event listings Celebrating Diversity : http://vancouver.ca/

 For another look at African-Canadian History via government PSA: Proud of our History – Blacks in Canada 

Mama RENEWS the triple challenge as a collective NEW YEAR’s resolution.

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama says: Put A Hat On! and book a home Mad-Hatter-Party (performance and product showing) with a Valentine, Un-Valentine theme throughout February. You can find Mama  at various community events in February.

  • Storytelling date TBA at Eastside Family Place (ESFP) 1655 William (for families with children under 6yrs) http://www.eastsidefamilyplace.org .
  • Workshop Thursday Feb 16 at (for adults w/ childcare provided) at Kiwassa NH on African Mancala game. The workshop is free with registration.
  • Mama says: Put A Hat On! Mandala Wishmark card sets ($7.50 ea/ 3 for $20) and custom Mandala key chains ($5 ea/ 12 or more $3.50ea) are available for order and purchase.

continuing in– WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama’s fabulousness was featured in an article at www.thelunchkitnews.wordpress.com, as a Mama entrepreneur with Mama says:Put A Hat On! Thanks Katrina Boguski for the great write-up!

 

story pouches with Adinkra designs

  • West African Adinkra symbol chart. These symbols influences are part of my original designs

Mama says: Put A hat On! is taking NEW orders ready 1-2 weeks or less. Contact us via email: putahaton(at)gmail.com

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Canada Post – Black History Month: No. 2 Construction Battalion – Permanent™ Domestic Stamps – Booklet of 10 – Stamps

In Stories on January 27, 2016 by sioso

Source: Canada Post – Black History Month: No. 2 Construction Battalion – Permanent™ Domestic Stamps – Booklet of 10 – Stamps

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