Fifth graders learn about Native American
life during field trip
April 19, 2012
The entire fifth grade class at East Hill
Elementary School recently visited Fenimore Art Museum Native
American gallery, the Mohawk barkhouse, and the Seneca log house in
Cooperstown. The trip was made possible through a Target grant.
During the trip, the students wove their own
baskets with the help of museum staff. Lisa Trahan, the mother of
student Emma Trahan, was among the museum employees guiding the
students through the process. After a walk along Otsego Lake, the
students toured the Mohawk barkhouse, which was used by Native
Americans as a fishing lodge/residence. The students saw beaver
belts, deerskin clothing, arrowheads and other artifacts.
At the Seneca loghouse, the students saw a timed
progression of how many Native Americans in the area were living
after exposure to Europeans. The students handled seed bags, bowls,
beaded pouches and tools.
And inside the museum, the students viewed
artifacts and participated in a hands-on activity where they handled
wampum, baskets, pelts, pouches, and dyed porcupine quills.
To see images of the trip, check
out the pictures below.
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