Recently we took a field trip to the local aquarium for a special program called “Native Americans and The Sea.”
The native people of this area lived right next to the Atlantic Ocean. They got lots of food and materials from the sea and the coast. During the summer they would move their villages to the shore for fishing, clamming and farming. Then in the winter they moved back into the forests to get away from the cold winter winds.
(For more information about their life through the seasons, click here.)
At the aquarium we got to examine many of the animals and materials that the local tribes used.
We talked about how they would use these things for five different purposes: food, tools, clothing, wampum, and fertilizer for gardens.
Here is a slide show about what we learned:
(To learn more about wampum, click here.)
What was most interesting or surprising about what the Native Americans used?
What other things would the Native Americans have used from the sea?
How do we use things from the sea? What is similar or different from how the Native Americans used things?