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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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

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