The Native American field trip that comes to your school!
Imagine the excitement among your students when this museum of Native American cultures is set up in your gym! The museum includes either a full-size authentic tipi or a longhouse model big enough for all your students to walk through.
When you book a program, you first choose a region: the Northeast Woodlands (our region) or the Great Plains.
Next you choose a format:
A series of assemblies for your entire school
Workshops for one grade level throughout the school day
A single assembly for multiple grades plus two workshops for one grade
What's an assembly like?
Assembly presentations include highly interactive explanations of museum artifacts, a traditional Native American story, a song and/or dance, and a walk-through in either the tipi or model longhouse.
What's a day of workshops like?
You choose a grade level. We spend all day with your students in workshops that include: Museum presentation with a small group, traditional games and stories, craft activities, music and dance.
What's in the museum?
In the Plains museum:
A full size Plains Tipi (fits two classes at once). In addition, a museum of genuine artifacts from the Horse and Buffalo culture of the Plain Indians, circa 1700-1890.
What is the educational value of these programs?
The Eastern Woodlands program is curriculum-specific for 4th grade in New York state, and for 3rd grade in Connecticut. Both the Plains and Eastern Woodlands programs have additional curriculum tie-ins for grades K-5. These connections are made through a number of themes in our programs including: Legends and folklore; community; leadership; character development; anti-bullying; nature and natural resources; earth studies; and government.
Will my students enjoy the presentation?
Perhaps the words we hear over and over by students themselves sum up the answer best: "This was the best day in school EVER!", and "I wish it wasn't over!", and "I wish I could live like Native Americans!"
What if I like the idea, but I'm not sure if it's right for my school?
Call to schedule a day when you can come view a program near your location (We visit well over 200 schools per year, so chances are we will be near your home very soon).
Additional Presentation Ideas:
Anti-bullying programs based on Native American teachings
School-wide programs on traditional Native American games (and the life teachings that go along with them)
Stories and Legends of Native America
In the Eastern Woodlands museum:
This includes a model longhouse large enough for students to walk through, containing genuine furs, baskets, rattles, and other items for the students to see and touch. In addition, there are over 70 different artifacts in the museum, representing the Iroquois and Algonquian culture for our region.
"The tipi and artifacts vivdly recreated the life of the Plains Indians.
The hands-on experiences were worth their weight in gold!"
Assitant Principal PS 221