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Forest Lake Elementary School students in Wantagh have acquired a keener sense of Native American life upon participation in the school’s annual Native American Day, held on Jan. 28.

Dressed in costume, the fourth grade students emulated many of the activities practiced by the Iroquois by delving into activities including the making of turtle rattles and talking sticks, writing stories and messages on hides, molding clay pots, making wampum and corn husk dolls and playing Native American games. 

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.