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Explore Native American Culture

Petroglyphs Along the Rio Grande

Study the cultural significance of the "rock art" found in the Petroglyph National Monument.  Discuss the importance of preservation.  Practice making your own images by participating in the following activity:

Activity Option:

Magnets:  (Add $10.00 per group) for all ages: Paint or scrape your own images on plaster magnets using twig brushes.  (Recommended for 3rd grade and up.)


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Pueblo Pottery

Compare and contrast the many types of Pueblo pottery. Identify the different Pueblo groups. Learn about the materials and techniques used to make a pot by participating in one of the following activities:

Activity Options:  

Yucca Paintbrush: Use stone scrapers to make paintbrushes from yucca leaves.  (This is an easy activity for all ages.)

Clay Pot (Add $10.00 per group for materials): Includes enough clay for each person to make a pot based on the traditional coil technique.  (Recommended for 3rd grade and up.)


Weaving in the Southwest

Discover how the people of the Southwest used their environment to produce a variety of baskets and textiles.  Participate in one of the following activities and experience the complexity and skill involved in the weaving process: 

Activity Options: 

Paper Weaving: Use paper strips to make mats or baskets.  (Baskets are challenging for young hands.)

Loom Kit (Add $10.00 per group for materials): Includes one cardboard loom per individual plus enough yarn to complete a small rug.  (Recommended for 4th grade and up.)


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