Native North America Theme

Betsy Woodford
Junior Leader
Arcadia, California


I did a whole day camp using Native American ideas, which I researched and tried to recreate as authentically as possible--but of course there were many budget constraints, so many of the materials had to be modern ones.

In addition to the stations listed below well also made corn cakes, wigwams, tried native dancing (taught by a boy scout leader) and wove baskets.

 

Wampum game

Materials:

Method:

  1. Draw cards to move around the circle, do what they say: moving forward, backward. If you get a card that says take wampum, put more fruit loops on your string, if they have to be removed, put them back in the bowl.
  2. When pass over a pink square draw a disk. The first person to collect a basket, an arrow, and an acorn wins the game. (If you draw a disk you already have put it back on the bottom of the pile for that square.)
  3. And, everybody wins, because you can eat your leftover wampum!

Arrowheads:

Native American men often spent hours making weapons to hunt for food. Both arrow and spears needed arrowheads, which were made of some sort of hard rock. Black obsidian, like we have here was often used. Try your hand at making an arrowhead.

Everybody try some arrowhead making techniques! Chip away carefully at the edges to shape rock into an arrowhead shape. Try a little and then let the next girl try.

ANYONE NEAR THE CHIPPING MUST WEAR SAFETY GOGGLES


Grinding Corn:

Native Americans who lived in the southwestern part of the US were farmers. Their main crop was corn, which they ground into meal for cereal and bread. Try your hand at grinding corn.


Making Rope:

Rope was needed for many things-building houses, making clothes, and making household items.


Beadwork:

Native Americans from the Plains often did geometric beadwork to decorate their clothes and moccasins. They used a loom made of wood, and beads and string that they had traded with white settlers for.

  1. Put beads on the needle and push down onto the thread.
  2. Place the thread underneath the warp threads and put one bead in each space.
  3. Bring the needle back through the beads on top of the warp threads.