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  1. Native American Games

    Along with ceremonial song and dance, Native Americans developed a variety of games to entertain, educate and train members of their societies. Play the ring and pin game. Tell a story with one of the many string games from native cultures. Or design and invent a game using materials from your own environment and use consensus to establish rules! Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  2. Fishing in the Americas

    Over generations, various peoples of the Americas lived alongside seas, lakes and rivers. As a result, they developed a deep relationship with and understanding of native fishes and their ecosystems. Learn about how fishing technologies were both similar and different depending on the environment in which they were developed by exploring models and artifacts used for fishing in the Americas. Learn More
  3. Woodland Native American Shelter

    Homes are designed to provide shelter for their inhabitants living in a particular environment and climate. Some homes are built for temporary or seasonal purposes. Others are built as permanent structures. The Woodland Native Americans built summer and winter homes. Discover the materials used to build woodland shelters and the environment and climate in which they were built. Design and build your own wigwam to understand how Woodland Native Americans used to build their shelters! Learn More
  4. Hominid Evolution

    Learn about the sweep of hominid evolution! Using skull casts of three distinct hominid species, explore how scientists use various measurements to distinguish between the different species. Create a hominid family tree and hold replicas of some of the first tools used by hominids during the early Stone Age. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  5. Aztec and Maya Marketplace

    The objects in this box are representative of goods and foods commonly used by peoples of the Americas, specifically Aztec or Maya societies, including pottery, stones, textiles, and plants. Discuss the possible uses for each object, role-play what it would have been like to be a part of an ancient Aztec or Maya marketplace, discover modern equivalents to marketplaces in Chicago and around the world, and create art using techniques of ancient Aztec and Maya artisans. ATTENTION: The feathers in this Experience Box protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and may only be borrowed by educational institutions that are open to the general public and are non-profit (such as public or charter schools), but may not be borrowed by private individuals or institutions without a special permit. If you have any questions about whether you, or your institution, qualify to borrow this box without a permit, please contact us. Learn More
  6. Archaeology of the Southwest

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    Archaeologists reconstruct past human culture, technology and behavior to understand how different ways of life have developed and changed over time. Practice observation and inferential reasoning while uncovering an "archaeological dig site". Explore group identity through symbols on pottery. Observe pot sherds, sandal fragments and other artifacts to understand life in the Southwest before European settlement. This experience box is temporarily out of circulation. Please contact Harris staff for more information. Learn More
  7. Sounds of Africa

    This box can be used as an introduction to the science of sound, as well as to explore African cultures through music. By examining various African percussion instruments, come to understand how and why materials, force, resonance, and size of instrument result in unique sound. Discover the role music has played in different African cultures and how it has developed, based on factors such as location, materials available, and purpose. Learn More
  8. Shells

    These beautiful seashells were made by creatures called mollusks. Learn the many ways that humans have used shells throughout history, and find out where you can go to look for your favorite types! Learn More
  9. Shell Buttons

    Learn why the rivers of the Midwest produce the best buttons in the world, made from Mussel shells. Check out the step-by-step process of producing a shell button, something businesses along the Mississippi have been doing since 1891. Learn More
  10. Sheep Wool

    Investigate the sheep's most valuable asset: its wool. Step-by-step diagrams and corresponding specimens showcase the intricate process of taking this important animal fiber and making it usable. Learn More

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