As part of their Native American History studies, fourth graders virtually visited the Iroquois Museum to learn about the culture, history and traditions of the Native people. During the interactive program, they connected with Iroquois educator Brenda LaForme, who is from Six Nations Reserve, a member of the Onondaga Nation and Beaver Clan.
“The students explored the Clan system and the formation of the Iroquois Confederacy – the oldest still operating democracy in human history,” teacher Derrick DiRienzo said. “They also discovered the role of Iroquois women, investigated the importance of the environment to Native peoples, and more.”
LaForme, who is skilled at traditional hand tanning and leatherwork, shared artifacts from the museum’s collection as well as artworks and conducted a post-lesson question-and-answer session with the students.
“It was our wish for the students to have an authentic learning experience that connected to our fourth-grade social studies curriculum and built upon the research they have been conducting over the past several weeks,” DiRienzo said. “The timing of this experience was perfect as we are approaching our annual Wigwam and Longhouse Exhibition.