Muheim Elementary School students were treated to a visit from Les Bucherons last week.

Muheim Elementary School students were treated to a visit from Les Bucherons last week.

Les Bucherons bring French-Canadian culture to life

Duo made French fun for students, teachers and parents at Muheim Elementary School last week.

Les Boucheron made French fun for students, teachers and parents at Muheim Elementary School last week.

The French Canadian duo was invited to the school by the Bulkley Valley branch of Canadian Parents for French to host a series of workshops on traditional song, dance and musical instruments.

“Canadian Parents for French try to bring in fun, bilingual performers once or twice a year to help make learning French fun and to expose all the students to French culture,” explained CPF Bulkley Valley president Pauline Mahoney.

“We try to create an environment here the kids don’t just see French as a language of instruction, we’re trying to making it a living language.”

Over the two days, the students learned a variety of skills, such as line dancing, square dancing and playing the wooden spoons. The skills were then showcased in a final performance.

Additionally, Les Bucherons held an all-ages famiy workshop, teaching rhthym and song using traditional French Canadian wooden spoons.

According to their website, Les Bucherons has been sharing Canadian history and traditional French Canadian culture using songs, stories and dances since 1982, performing more than 300 shows every year.

Coming up, Muheim Elementary School is celebrating Carnaval the week of Feb. 11 and will host a series of events.

The French Canadian Carnaval has a long history, dating back rto when inhabitanbts of New France would gather right before lent to celebrate. The first official Carnaval celebration was in 1894 in Quebec City.