Here in Northern Saskatchewan, we are expected as part of our curriculum to include native studies throughout.
So when it came to designing a lesson about life cycles, it's a no brainer to put the four ages on a Medicine Wheel. In our community they refer to it as a Circle of Courage.
Do you know there is no ONE way to put the four traditional colours on the wheel? The colours are in this order in our class because that is the accepted order in our school. I had my EA double check before we started colouring, lol.
We put the seed (popcorn kernel) on yellow because it represents generosity. Babies depend on the generosity of others.
We put our caterpillars (two pipe cleaners wrapped around a pencil and pulled off) on white because it represents Independence. Children are developing Independence.
Our Chrysalis (a dyed shell noodle) on black because it represents belonging. Adults have found their place in the world and belong.
Finally our Butterflies are on Red because it represents Mastery. Elders have mastered their lives and are experts passing their knowledge onto the next generation.
Please not: This is an outsiders view on how the four meanings connect to the the four stages of life.