Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Native American Days

For a few days after getting back from our vacation and having company for a week... we were able to have a little mini edition of H Family Summer Camp!

The end of last week we had Native American Days! Their interest was peaked on our trip to Jamestown last month.

We got some books from the library as usual....

Later that day we watched the DVD, Exploring Our Past: Comparing the Lives of Native Peoples and snacked on some popcorn :)

Each morning we started our day by reading Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp, which was a wonderful way to be thankful as we begin the day. A blurb on Amazon... "Giving Thanks is a special children's version of the Thanksgiving Address, a message of gratitude that originated with the Native people of upstate New York and Canada and that is still spoken at ceremonial gatherings held by the Iroquois, or Six Nations. Full color."

Then we made teepees out of tortillas. Our paint was milk & food coloring. In the spirit of Native American Days we did not waste... they actually ate it as a snack later. Had to of been a little bland, but it didn't slow them down!

Another day we went to check out a local nature center that was really neat. What a better way but to incorporate appreciating and enjoying nature! It was a very nice nature center.

We parked in a lot further away and walked a bit to get there

Inside they even had information that related to turtles and a Native American legend.

We are so fortunate to live in the area of the Nation's Capital so we head down to check out the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian! You can see our whole venture in my American Indian Museum sightseeing blog post. Here are a few highlights...


We didn't do as much those days as I would of liked, but I think it was a good introduction that will hopefully encourage further thought, learning and investigation!

"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand."
- Native American saying

1 comment:

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, how cute is that tortilla idea. looks like a fun and interactive museum, too.