Archaeology - Native Americans
The geography, culture, prehistory and history of the First Nations in the Northeast USA is filled with significance for those in a position to appreciate it. Archaeology offers a unique perspective on the successive phases of Native American life and it is the goal of the camp to make this perspective manifest to children in a safe, exciting, fun project where the toil of labor is rewarded by the fruits of understanding. A site from near Fort Ancient, near the headwaters of the Ohio River provides the material for this, our summer’s last exploration of the past. At this site, the convergence of Native American lore, mythology, culture with European American history, data and objects will occupy the diggers through four days of excavation. Maps will be made and notes written in an attempt to discover what meaning can be teased out of the objects in their respective contexts. The main challenge for the diggers will be to use time-tested skills to clarify what the evidence of contact between colonial and native Americans meant at this early site and what secrets of history and culture it conceals. Plenty of lecture material is certain to transform this camp into an important intellectual encounter for the students lucky enough to participate. After all the digging, on the final day, a pot-luck feast on a Native American theme will vie for your attention with an exhibit of the children's finds, in which they will explain what they have found, what they think it means, and why they think so. On Friday, after the exhibit and potluck picnic, families should make arrangements for their child/ren to be picked up by 2pm at the latest.
- Campers should arrive dressed for the weather, with appropriate footwear and a cap or hat. Sunblock and kid-friendly bug dope may also be needed. All campers should pack a hearty lunch, labeled drink and a snack. Space is limited; please sign up early if you wish to have your children attend.
- Aftercare: M-Th only, $30 until 5:15 pm. No early care available, drop off from 8:30 am. Questions: contact the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- *CAMP ENDS AT 2PM ON FRIDAY*