Fifth-graders at Shore Road School received a first-hand lesson on the history of the American Indian people and their importance in the United States when representatives from Journeys into Journeys into Native American Territory visited the school on March 17.
To begin the program, the Bellmore students watched as the Journeys representatives built a teepee inside the gymnasium, complete with a cover to keep the rain out. While the tipi was constructed, students asked questions and learned about other historical facts pertaining to teepees. There was also a display table complete with many different cultural objects that students could explore. Once the build was complete, kids got to go inside and get a first-hand look at how American Indians live.
The program, working in tandem with the New York State history curriculum, places an emphasis on confronting stereotypes and offering other understandings of Native Americans in history.