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Wayne Post
  • EPCS students construct in-class longhouse

  • Ms. Feinour’s East Palmyra Christian School third and fourth grade classroom was recently transformed into an Iroquois longhouse.

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  • Ms. Feinour’s East Palmyra Christian School third and fourth grade classroom was recently transformed into an Iroquois longhouse.
    Studying New York state history, the students’ focus was on Native Americans, especially those who lived in the western New York area; and with the Ganondagan State Historic Site closed for the season to student tours, the students at East Palmyra Christian School, under the tutelage of their teacher, decided to construct their own village and longhouse inside their classroom.
    Having moved their desks into temporary storage for the week, the students spent their history class-time creating their village and their headdress, and, using a dome tent, constructing their longhouse, inside and out. A student mom made the students’ and Ms. Feinour's clothes. Along with studying the Iroquois history and traditions, students then capped off their project with individual public presentations on a variety of aspects of Iroquois life, hunting techniques, village and family responsibilities, and tools used.  The class took the time to schedule numerous longhouse tours for EPCS students, staff, and parents and friends.
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