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Grant County Middle School eighth grade students in conjunction with Lamar Fowler, Extension Agent for 4-H and Youth Development and the Grant County 4-H completed a wigwam.
The students assisted Fowler in constructing the wigwam at the outdoor classroom/wetlands at Grant County Middle School.
The students that participated were a part of Social Studies teacher, Jamey Dalzell’s, skills and enrichment class.
The students had previously studied Native American cultures as part of the eighth grade Social Studies core content.
Fowler chose the wigwam based on the Native American of the Eastern Woodlands often times used wigwams during hunting expeditions into present day Kentucky.
“We got to learn how to use rock and limbs to hold a teepee down,” said eighth grade student Nathaniel Marshall.
“It was fun, we got to learn how the Native Americans lived and how bad it smelt,” said Katie Kochenour.
This project provided a real world connection to Native American culture and also Kentucky history by demonstrating housing and adaption that was crucial.
“It was a time-consuming task get everything together,” said Kenzy Hotalins.