Wanted to share a photo album of our time spent last week at Meadowcroft Indian Village in Avella, PA. The trip fit right in with where we are on our history time-line and it was great to change our perspective from the early colonial lifestyle in the 1600s to that of the Native Americans.
Many of the kids dressed up in costume and we all had a great time learning about the Eastern Woodland Indians, including the Monongahela, who lived in this area in the 17th century.
We learned about the tools they used to build, gather, garden, and hunt. Highlights of our visit included getting to go inside the temporary teepee shelter and the wigwam (much more room in there than you expected!), throwing the atlatl at a target, grinding corn using a mortar and pestle, and feeling/holding furs of many different kinds of animals.
Next week we will return to Meadowcroft to tour their colonial village!
If you are in the Western PA region and studying the early-modern period of history, you should truly consider a trip to Meadowcroft–you’ll find it to be well worth your time.
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Some of the kids in their various costumes
Learning about tools used...
A temporary teepee shelter used until the more permanent wigwam could be erected
2nd smaller wigwam
Sweet little Ziva listening
Each of the kids got to grind corn
digging holes for the garden
Andy and Joshua with their bows
Even the little ones had a turn
We learned about the MANY different animals that were hunted and trapped, and got to hold each pelt
At the end of our tour, we had a picnic. While we were all visiting and talking, the kids decided to build their own temporary shelter against a tree. They did a great job applying some of what they learned at Meadowcroft!
Josiah and Ben listening to the lesson
View of the village
and...Inside the wigwam~surprisingly roomy!
Corn: one of the three sister crops (squash and beans are the other two)
Learning about gardening
Corn husk doll!
The boys really enjoyed being in costume for the day
So many lovely furs!
Some of our lovely ladies with their critters 🙂
The palisade around the indian village
Kids loved the wigwams~very authentic
Some of our warriors (Joshua, Conlin and Ben)
Mortar and pestle
Trying a deer-antler rake
My very serious Joshua
Throwing the atlatl
Kids waiting their turn to throw
Native American dress
The girls loved the furs!