Middle school students got the opportunity for sharing Native American culture with art and games.
At Corvallis Middle School, students had a field experience – learning about art, traditional games, and crafts and taking a hike up Mill Creek to witness the beauty of the Bitterrot Valley.
Sixth grade teachers Gary Milner and Nancy Spagnoli attended a three day seminar where the idea for the field experience came about.
“We learned about traditional Native American games and how these games were integrated into all the ages of the people, not just the kids, but 50- to 80-year-olds,” said Milner. “The whole tribe played all together.”
The teachers learnd about building their pieces of the games and teaching them, but felt that something was missing. They asked the presenters to speak directly with their students, and Salish Kootenai College staff came to directly guide the students. They learned about dream catchers, and the game Cherokee Stick Ball.