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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Oak Hall students learn about Native American life

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  • Oak Hall Episcopal School kindergartners have been learning what life was like for Native Americans during the 1600s.
    Teacher Jimmie Wallis arranged for Deborah Tipps, Ardmore, a member of the Quapaw Tribe, to do hands-on activities with students throughout the month.
    "I wanted to tell the Thanksgiving story from the Native Americans' side, because we usually tell it from the Separatists," Wallis said. "I wanted the students to know the Separatists survived because of the Native Americans they met."
    Activities included dancing, eating authentic food, trying on regalia and learning about the Three Sisters — corn, squash and beans.
    "Native Americans used big rocks and little rocks to crush their corn," Chloe Carter said. "I liked it, but I like getting corn from the store and bringing it home."
    Many students compared what they learned of historic living to their experiences in the present day.
    "They fish differently because they have different boats. I like the boats we have now. They have motors, so you don't have to row," Nathan Bramlett said.
    They also learned what life in a tepee would have been like, and not everyone was impressed.
    "It doesn't have a TV," Brooklyn Suffal said.
    "It doesn't have a soft bed because they sleep on bear hide," Olivia Zhao said.
    Students also had the opportunity to make cornhusk dolls.
    "It was easy. I like it and want to play with it because I made it," Taylor McKenzie said.
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