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September 23, 2018

Mexico Students Learn Haudenosaunee Lessons


MEXICO – Mexico fourth graders were transported centuries back in time to learn great life advice from native leaders.

Delaney Mack, a fourth grader at Mexico Elementary School, tags a Merry-Go-Round Playhouse actor in the midst of a deer hunting game during “The Keeper’s Voice” performance.

Delaney Mack, a fourth grader at Mexico Elementary School, tags a Merry-Go-Round Playhouse actor in the midst of a deer hunting game during “The Keeper’s Voice” performance.

They dove into the culture and circumstances of the 1800s during the interactive “The Keeper’s Voice” performance, as Merry-Go-Round Playhouse actors portrayed real-life and fictional characters of that time.

Fictional newspaper reporter Thomas Short and fictional professor Horace Klein joined character Matilda Joslyn Gage, a real-life Central New York native, abolitionist, Women’s Suffrage Movement leader and Haudenosaunee ally, in expressing the importance of people using their voice to evoke change.

Students walked through a replica of a Native American longhouse as they filed into the school cafeteria.

They were given numbers and separated into the five nations: Cayuga, Onondaga, Mohawk, Seneca and Oneida.

As the Haudenosaunee women selected their male chiefs, so did the group of students.

The boy leaders made the best decisions on behalf of their tribes and select boys and girls were later invited to play a hunting game.

Each group heard similar stories as they had in their classrooms during a recent fourth grade Haudenosaunee academic unit: the importance of equality and bonding different groups to create a larger presence in order to achieve the greater good.

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