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  1. 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
  2. Northwest Coast Mask (Hawk)

    Begin exploring peoples of the Northwest Coast, their culture and traditions, with a carved cedar mask. Learn More
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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