Selected museum exhibits are used in this introductory lesson designed to acquaint young students with the Native American way of life and to introduce them to the museum as an educational and cultural resource. Students will also visit our interactive "woodland village", where they can partake in pretend daily activities such as fishing, picking and planting vegetables, grinding corn with mortar & pestle, and building a "bark" wigwam. Indoor program.
This is a hands-on exploration of pottery and the making of pottery using traditional Native American methods. Children will handle authentic Native American pottery sherds and will have an opportunity to work with natural clay from our preserve. Clay may not be taken home. Optional self-hardening clay available upon request for additional fee of $5.00 per student. Indoor program.
This hands-on demonstration shows how Native Americans made and used tools, such as stoneworking and woodworking tools, as a means of adapting their environment to meet their life needs. Participants will be able to handle authentic tools and other artifacts. In addition, they will have an opportunity to use replicated tools, such as mortars and pestles to grind corn, fire drills for making fire, and pump drills for drilling holes in stone. Indoor program.
This guided tour of selected museum exhibits is a look at prehistoric cultural development across North America in general and a comprehensive look at the cultural development of the Eastern Woodland peoples as illustrated by New York & Long Island's Native American groups. This program may be customized to suit a particular area of study. Indoor program.
This is a hands-on analysis of traditional Native American pottery-making techniques and methods. Participants will discuss archaeological information and work with natural clay and related artifacts. Indoor program.