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ENTERING NATIVE AMERICAN TERRITORY

Forest Lake fourth-grade students became more versed in Native American life and culture upon participation in the school’s annual Native American Day, held on
Jan. 29. The activity was the culmination of a social studies unit in which the students learned about Native American life and how the Iroquois of New York State assisted the Pilgrims through their first harsh winter.

Dressed in costume, the students emulated the lifestyle of the Iroquois by delving into activities regularly practiced by the Iroquois including symbol-writing on hides; molding clay pots; making corn husk dolls, wampum, talking sticks and turtle rattles; eating journey cakes; and playing traditional Native American games.