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NATIVE AMERICAN SHIELD

Although the Native American war shield and the medicine shield looked similar, they had distinctively different uses. The war shield was thicker and heavier and was used to deflect arrows or spears. The medicine shield was also taken along in … Continue reading

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AMERICAN INDIAN MEDICINE POUCH

The medicine man, or healer of a tribe, carried a medicine bag that contained many different items including herbs for healing.  The bag itself was thought to have special supernatural powers.  In many tribes, besides the medicine man, every male … Continue reading

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TOTEM POLES

Some interesting facts about totem poles: Indian tribes of the Pacific Northeast Coast—Washington state in the USA, British Columbia in Canada, and some tribes in Alaska shared in an ancient tradition of totem poles.   Totem poles may depict legends, historic … Continue reading

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INDIAN PAPOOSE

Using a brown grocery bag and making “leather” for this project is the first step when making this American Indian papoose.  The third graders in our school study the American Indians, so I thought this would be a fun project … Continue reading

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PLAINS INDIAN PARFLECHE

When the plains Indians were moving from place to place, they carried their clothing, valuables, tools, etc. in a parfleche, which was made from dried buffalo hide and decorated with brightly colored geometric designs.  The parfleche was used by the … Continue reading

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