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November 1, 2010, Volume 2

Students get look at Native American past
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Artist's Depiction: Ancient Cherokee Village

Oklahoma: Dozens of Muskogee students from Irving Elementary and Creek Elementary recently learned Cherokee customs at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

The 17 youngsters were all of Native American ancestry and in the Indian Education program.  Each had a checklist of things to accomplish at the heritage center:

Play stickball.
Learn two Cherokee words.
Listen to a storyteller.
Play Cherokee marbles.
Weave a basket.
Shoot a blowgun.
Grind corn.
Pinch a pot. (pottery)
Participate in weaving.
Watch a bow demonstration.

Student liaison Teresa Little helped watch the kids. She said students had looked forward to the event all week.

“They were very excited,” she said. “... We hope they’ll learn more about traditional Indian culture. They’re eager to learn more about the customs of the native way.”

Little said each student would be awarded an arrowhead when they finished the items on their checklist.

Student Comments:

Cera is of of Kiowa descent and enjoyed the storytelling session about a possum.

“She was showing off her tail,” Cera said. “She thought her tail was better than anyone else’s. The moral lesson was about not thinking you’re better than everybody else, and that you should treat everybody the same.”

Greg is proud of his Native heritage and was looking forward to one event in particular.

“I think my dad comes from Cherokee and my mom comes from Creek,” he said. “I want to shoot the blowgun and learn about the Cherokee Indian center here.”T

Trevor said the field trip was going better than he expected, and he was very impressed with the heritage center’s Ancient Village.

“My mom is part Cherokee, and my dad is part everything,” he said. “I don’t know if he’s Indian or not. I thought this would be like a museum, but now it’s funner. We actually get to do things like the Native Americans did.


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