Indigenous Studies in Grade 2
A Museum Trip
The second grade kicked off their study of the Eastern Woodland indigenous people with a trip to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. By viewing Multi-sensory dioramas and exhibits, the children learned the history of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and the natural and cultural history of the eastern woodland people.
The students walked through a recreated 16th-century Pequot village where they strolled among the trees, wigwams, and Native American people who were cooking, hunting, weaving, and working. We heard the natural sounds of village life as our tour guide, Ms. Melanie, taught us about daily life in the Pequot village.
All the figures were life-cast from Native American people; the traditional clothing, ornamentations, and wigwams were made by Native craftspeople. The second grade is picture in the observation deck, ten stories above the lovely grounds of the museum.