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  1. 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
  2. Lewis and Clark

    Lewis and Clark were explorers, scientists and ambassadors in a land that was foreign to European settlers. They encountered new animals, plants and peoples. Use this box to identify the reasons President Jefferson set up the Expedition. Examine trade beads, pelts, natural fibers, and other goods traded during the voyage of Lewis and Clark and roleplay the bartering system used by the explorers. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. World Percussion

    Drums, cymbals, gongs, sticks and a variety of other instruments are percussion instruments. They are created and used all over the world by many cultures. Allow students to strike and shake instruments to hear the different tones produced. Compare and contrast the instruments in the box to better understand how an instrument's materials and shape affect the sound produced. Learn More
  5. Sugar Maple Tree

    Discover the beautiful sugar maple tree, found in the northeastern United States. Not only does the processed sap of the tree produce three quarters of the maple sugar crop, but the lumber is used in making fine floors and furniture. Learn More
  6. Living Together: Shelters

    People everywhere must find food and shelter. Living Together: Shelters exhibits the diverse and incredible ways people around the world build their homes, influenced by environment, history, culture, and creativity. Challenge yourself to create a shelter that meets specific environment and material requirements. Finally, design the perfect shelter for your community! Learn More
  7. 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
  8. Northwest Coast Peoples

    The lush environment of the Pacific Northwest Coast shapes the art and lives of its residents. Discuss the basic needs of Northwest Coast Peoples 2,000 years ago. Examine a halibut hook, cedar specimen, and other objects to infer how innovative peoples have harvested the rich resources of the Northwest Coast to meet their everyday needs. Explore how symbolism carries meaning in totem poles. Learn More
  9. 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
  10. Living Together: Shoes

    By examining shoes, we can explore the needs and desires of individuals around the world. This box contains various shoes from diverse cultures. Use them to discuss measurement by analyzing and comparing different shoes and their sizes. Practice classification and categorization by sorting the shoes into different groups. Finally, analyze Van Gogh's shoe paintings and create your own interpretation of his work. Learn More

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