VOLNEY, NY – Volney Elementary School fourth graders have learned that in order to study the Haudenosaunee people, they must embody the native lifestyle.
Just a few days into the academic unit, the fourth graders have worked with native symbols to create stories, studied agricultural facts and learned about the native nations that make up the Iroquois League, also known as the Six Nations.
They’ve begun studying the following tribes: Mohawk, Seneca, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Tuscarora.
“It’s pretty cool to learn about all of them,” said student Kaleb Wise.
Guest presenter Lisa Ascenzo of Tandy Leather in Syracuse, recently spoke to the fourth grade classes about leather-working, a common craft of the native culture.
During her visit, students made bookmarks out of strips of leather made from cowhide before they used mallets and stamps to create a unique design.
The students also learned about different types of skin and fur, and how they can be used for clothing and blankets among other items.
Fourth grade teacher Chelsie Smith said that by the end of the unit, students will be able to compare and contrast lifestyles of yesteryear and today.