Experiencing Native American Culture at Norwood Avenue

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The Traveling Wilderness Museum came to visit first graders at Norwood Avenue Elementary School on Nov. 15. The morning featured sage Teepee Ted, who travels from Montauk to Manhattan, teaching students about the original Native Americans that lived as settlers on Long Island. The morning’s events were tied into the theme of Thanksgiving that was taught in classrooms throughout the week.

Students, with the help of Ted and some volunteer parents, built a teepee from the ground up, made wood medallion necklaces with Native American symbols, played pick-up sticks with animal bones, and more. The first graders also learned that the native people had to make everything themselves—that they couldn’t just go to the store to pick something up. Students also learned how the Native Americans tried to be good “recyclers” by using every part of the animals they hunted for food.

“I try to teach kids that these people were the best recyclers,” said Teepee Ted. “That’s something they can relate to. We recycle bottles and cans, but the natives just did it a little differently.”