Native American Culture Comes to Life

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Fourth-graders at Marion Street Elementary School dove further into their unit on Native Americans with the help of the program Journeys Into American Indian Territory on Jan. 29. Sponsored by the Marion Street PTA, the program was led by presenters Bob Vetter and Carolyn Flynn and consisted of engaging hands-on lessons and activities to further students’ understanding of Native American culture.  

Students had the opportunity to view artifacts through a moving museum in the school’s gymnasium and learned about Native games and stories. In addition, classes were educated on how the Iroquois government operates and each created a Woodlands style clay pot. 

At the conclusion of the day, all the fourth-grade classes gathered together in the gymnasium for the closing ceremonies which consisted of traditional Native American music and dance.

“My favorite part about this program was the dance and song that we did at the end,” said fourth-grader Grayson Prestianni. “I also learned that Native Americans actually use different things that we have today.”