A Venture into Native American Territory

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Fourth-grade students at Winthrop Avenue were immersed in a two-day in-house field trip to American Indian territory to hone their knowledge of the Eastern Woodland Native Americans. The curriculum-based event titled “Journeys Into American Indian Territory” discussed the geographical location of the Algonquian and Iroquoian peoples, their government and modes of survival.

The program also stressed principles taught in the district’s character education program, which focuses on core values and leadership principles. Joourneys presenter Ronnie Cornacchio explained to the students that tribes had to work together to survive. “It was a balanced society that depended on teamwork,” he said. Students also learned about respect, kindness and teamwork during Journeys presenter Maddi Cheers’ telling of an Iroquoian tale titled “Lesson of the No-Face Doll.”

During the event, students explored artifacts in the museum and a longhouse, learned to make clay pots, played traditional games, listened to Native American legends and learned traditional Iroquoian dances and music.