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  1. 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
  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. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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

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