I teach primary. And, inevitably, I sing Book of Mormon stories at least once a week. Sometimes even more. But I don't ever do the actions. I suspect that my team-teacher is starting to wonder about this. Because I do all the actions with the kids. Including those to Once There Was A Snowman.
Why don't I do it? Well the reasons are varied. But mostly because I feel stupid making actions that are both stereotypical and disrespectful. But my son makes the actions, with enthusiasm. How do you explain the nuances of disrespect and stereotypes to a five year old? And where does that go with the whole Native-Americans-As-Lamanites thing? I've never believed that the sole ancestors of Native Americans are Lamanites, but Gavin doesn't really understand that stuff yet.
I've just managed to explain to him that our Japanese friend Toshi comes from a place with different customs, and that he has different beliefs (that don't include God). He's still coming to grips with the fact that not everyone is from America, and not everyone is Mormon. And that it's okay to be neither. (At least he's getting that better than the whole boys can't have babies thing.)
So I don't think I'm ready to tackle the intricacies of stereotyping and what-not. But sometime I expect he'll notice that mommy isn't doing the Book of Mormon Stories actions like everyone else. And I'll do my best to explain it to him. And let him decide what he's going to do about it.
Tags: Native Americans Lamanites, Book of Mormon Stories, Book of Mormon Stories actions, Mormon,
Once There Was a Snowman, primary songs