Topical and Multi-Area Discovery Boxes
Animal Gifts (Grades K to 3)
This box includes animal materials that Native Americans have used to enhance their lives. The box is filled with animal skins, shells, sinew and samples of objects made from these materials.
Basketry (Grade 2 to Adult)
This box begins with the raw materials of basket making and follows the process to completed baskets. Historical information is provided for three different basket-making regions: the Southwest, Southeast and Northwest.
NEW! Dwellings (Grades 3 to 6)
Each Dwelling box contains five incredibly detailed, life-like dewllings created by a professional exhibit designer. Included in the first dwelling box are a Wigwam (NE), a Chickee (SE), a Pueblo (SW), an Earth Lodge (Plateau, Great Basin), and a Plank House (NW Coast). Included in the second dwelling box are a Longhouse (NE Woodlands), an Igloo (Artic), a Tipi (Plains), a Hogan (SW) and a Wikiup (SE Woodlands). Some of the dwellings have removable roofs that reveal a highly detailed interior. Each dwelling also comes with a free-standing background which places it in its natural setting. The series Native Dwellings of North America, with an extensive teacher resource kit designed to complement the books, is included. The books and dwellings will help students to better appreciate the diversity of Native peoples’ lives and the richness of their cultures. Cost: $20.00
Games & Toys (Grades K to 8)
This box explains and gives examples of Native American games and toys. Dolls, miniatures and several games from various regions are included in the box. The most well known competitive sport among the Native American, which is still played today, is lacrosse. Lacrosse sticks and ball with copies of artist’s renditions of how the game was played long ago are included.
Making Stone Chipped Tools (Grade 2 to Adult)
This box details the process of making stone tools. It contains raw materials as well as finished pieces such as projectile points, drills, knives and scrapers.
Native American Music (Grades K to 12)
Native Americans use music for religious activities, festivals, dancing, courtship and enjoyment. A variety of instruments and tapes of traditional music are included.
Pow-Wow (Grades K to Adult)
The basis of this box is the book A Trip to the Pow-Wow (included) by Richard Red Hawk in which a Native American child describes a Pow-Wow to her classmates. Objects from the Pow-Wow are included as well as the audio cassette “Honor the Earth Powwow, Songs of the Great Lakes Indians.”
This box includes a selection of raw materials and finished objects to give children a chance to touch, see, and smell such native American materials as sweet grass, animal hides, tobacco twist, sage and porcupine quills.