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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Northwest Coast Mask (Hawk)

    Begin exploring peoples of the Northwest Coast, their culture and traditions, with a carved cedar mask. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. Hopi Traditions

    Learn about how we can examine artifacts in order to infer a culture's values and its people's lifestyle. Examine the landscape where the Hopi live, and predict how they have had such great success agriculturally throughout history. Make your own clay pot that tells a story through stylized figures. Gather a set of your own belongings that would be able to teach someone from another culture about your own values and lifestyle! Learn More
  10. From Quillwork to Beadwork: Native American Design

    Examine decorative and embellished objects made by Native Americans from around the East Coast and Midwest. Learn about the history of embellishments in different Native American cultures, and try creating your own beaded and "porcupine quill" patterns. Think about museum preservation of traditional objects, and decide if you would sell a family heirloom to be displayed in a museum. Learn More

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