Setauket Elementary School fourth-graders had the chance to step back in time and learn about Native Americans as they participated in the interactive program Journeys into American Indian Territory.
As part of the fourth-grade curriculum, the students learn about the culture of Native Americans and New York State. The in-house field trip, funded by the PTA, deepened their understanding of the Eastern Woodlands Native Americans.
Throughout the program, the students listened as presenters spoke firsthand about tribal traditions, including games, arts and crafts, and songs and dances. They also visited museum exhibits displaying a variety of Native American artifacts, including bows and arrows, period clothes worn before European contact, and a 4-foot-long longhouse. Additionally, the fourth-graders learned about different aspects of the Iroquois government and the important roles animals played in the Native American lifestyle. They also created their own pinch clay pots.