Native American Studies

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Fourth-grade students at Tackan Elementary spent Nov. 24 celebrating Native American Day by immersing themselves in numerous activities.

After studying a unit on Native Americans of New York, the students took part in a hands-on learning event. Fourth-graders rotated to different classrooms to explore and create crafts such as dreamcatchers, deer skin symbolic messages and rainsticks. Some students came dressed in Native American garb to add authenticity to the event. After the crafting lessons were completed, all three fourth-grade classes came together for a powwow. Students learned to chant and used their rainsticks to emulate a rain dance.