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Intermediate Students Attend Special Show at the National Museaum of the American Indian

A reflection by Trinity (5th grade), Jacob (4th grade) and Noeme (3rd grade)

On Friday, November 7th 2014, the third, fourth and fifth grade students from Saint Matthias went to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C..  We went to learn about the cultures of Native Americans.

There were great Native American dancers.  The show was called “Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers.”  There was a dance-off with Native American brothers.  The dancers were from South Carolina, Idaho, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Iowa. Students from our school were able to get on stage and the dancers taught us moves from their dance.

After the dance show and lunch, we were able to explore the exhibits.

We learned about Native American pottery.  We learned that the paintings on it were symbols and they used special tools to get the shape of the pot without cracking it.

We also saw a snow digging truck and learned more from a video.  We saw a  jacket, hat, gloves, and a scarf inside the truck.  We learned the truck made it easier for Native Americans to move snow- it was faster than a shovel!  Animals would also dig in the snow to help!

We would recommend this museum for parents, students kindergarten age and up, people who like history, grandparents, and our principal.  We would all go back again to visit and see more.


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