On Dec 2nd, the 4th grade students visited the Tomaquag Museum right in our backyard. What a great learning trip. BELOW IS A PICTURE OF OUR OWN CEDAR SHULER WITH A CUT-OUT IMAGE OF NARRAGANSETT TRIBE MEMBER ELLISON "TARZAN" BROWN WHO HAPPENS TO BE CEDAR'S GREAT GREAT UNCLE. TARZAN BROWN WAS A TWO TIME WINNER OF THE BOSTON MARATHON (1936 AND 1939) AND EVEN EARNED A SPOT ON THE 1940 US OLYMPIC TEAM. The wonderful staff at Tomaquag set us up with 2 sessions. We learned about multiple games that were played and we had a tour of the museum. You can learn more about what we did below.
Learn about our 2 sessions at Tomaquag Session 1: GameS Discussion of how the beliefs and culture of the indigenous peoples influenced their games including the role of gambling and honoring “Creator”. Discussion of how games develop skills. Games: * Hubbub - Colorful stones placed in a wooden bowl. The bowl is tapped so the stones bounce. Points earned for the colorful side of the stone. The students got to play and create their own to take home. * Moccasins - Stone hidden in one of four moccasins, guess which one? * Snow Snake - Outdoor game played on a track of snow. A long wooden snake is slid. Who can make it go the farthest? * Ring and Pin - Toss the ring and try to get it on the pin. * Lacrosse - Different versions played from what is now Canada to Florida. * Fireball - Intense game with fire, indigenous people thought of it as sacrificing for the “Creator”.
Session 2: Museum Tour 1. History of the Narragansetts 2. The importance of the deer and discussion of how all parts were used by the Native Americans. 3. The students completed a scavenger hunt by illustrating and naming different items from the displays such as “an example of art” “something made of leather” “a tool” or “something used for travel”. 4. Important Narragansett people such as Ellison Tarzan Brown and his influence on the Narragansetts. 5. The significance of the Pow Wow.