The St. Joseph Museums invites teachers, instructors, and museum docents to take an exciting trip back in time! Practice the basics of scientific inquiry using archaeological data. Learn how archaeologists investigate and interpret past cultures and peoples. Finally learn how to incorporate all this into your classrooms or other settings. Archaeology is an excellent tool for engaging youth in science education.
Participants will receive full instruction in archaeological science for the classroom as well as a complete curriculum guide and materials that align with Missouri Learning Standards.
During this workshop, participants will discover the past through a Sac and Fox wickiup. This was a type of shelter used by the Meskwaki and other Native American people living throughout the upper Midwest and the western Great Lakes region at the time of European contact. The word wickiup comes from the Algonquian word wi-kiy-bi or wi-kiya-pi meaning lodge or house. The lesson will introduce the circular, domed, pole-and-mat or bark-covered winter home of the Meskwaki.
The attendees will also take part in activities at the St. Joseph Museums and on a field trip in the area. Participants will have the option to engage in archaeological fieldwork at Fort Osage National Historic Site on July 25-26, 2019, (optional).