As settlers on this land we must acknowledge that the land we consider home, the Greenbrier Valley, once belonged to Native American tribes and Peoples. We honor the land and its Indigenous Peoples through our educational programming and displays in the North House Museum and Archive.
At the Greenbrier Historical Society our mission is to share and preserve the diverse history and culture of the Greenbrier Valley. We have made it a May tradition for GHS to host fourth-grade classes on the North House grounds for an exploration of Native American craft and culture. This year fourth-grade classrooms will receive materials for a number of different activities including supplies to make a dream catcher and a pinch pot, reading materials, and a Chunkey Game set. Short informational videos of local Native Americans and history experts will accompany the kits.
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Create Your Own Dream Catcher
The first Dream Catchers can be traced back to the Indigenous Ojibwe people. Dreams have always been a fundamental part of the Ojibwe culture and they believed dreams could serve many purposes. With such an insightful understanding on the importance of dreams, the Ojibwe people created the Dream Catcher to assist a person's ability to receive good dreams and filter out dark or negative dreams with the use of a dream catcher. Dream Catchers became largely accepted in the United States in the 1970s.
Create Your Own Pinch Pot
Indigenous tribes have made pottery for thousands of years. The pinch pot can be traced back to the Cherokee people of the South-Eastern United States. Pinch pots were created to hold seeds and grains, water, and other natural resources usually to aid in farming. As tribes died off or were moved from their ancestral land, Indigenous pottery making has also died off. Some tribes found a commercial market for their ceramic pieces, thereby ensuring the continuation of their craft to this day.
The Chunkey Game
The Chunkey game can also be traced back to the Indigenous Cherokee people. It was traditionally played by rolling disc-shaped stones across the ground and throwing spears at them in an attempt to train young Indigenous hunters. The game was usually played by two men. One would roll the stone and simultaneously both would throw their spears. The spear closest to the stone gained the most points. Games could be played for hours while spectators from the tribe would watch the activity.
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