Thanks to Cheryl Corrigan, Northwood Elementary School's Media and Information Technology Instructor, for passing along this information and photos:Northwood Elementary fourth graders virtually visited Native American tribes across the U.S. through a grandmother’s real travels.
Mrs. Jannell Bennett, grandmother of 4th graders Bella and Noah Schuller of Roswell, shared tribal relics, including a wedding basket and ceremonial wedding vase from the Hopi and Navajo tribes. She showed the students a “burden basket” from the Plains tribes, which gets its name from the weight, or burden, it became when filled with harvested berries or crops.
The students learned that the northwestern Kwakiutl peoples carved totem poles as symbols of tribal characteristics and history.
Mrs. Bennett’s presentation was the first in the “Global Gatherings” initiative, which supports the school’s stated vision of being a “school of global thinkers.”