Carroll Lutheran School students in grades four, five and seven took a field trip to the National American Indian Museum in Washington, D.C.
The visit included a guided tour of the museum upon arrival, lunch at the Mitsitam Cafe and a visit to the gift shop.
Four major displays were presented: "Our Peoples," 500 years of native history and the survival of their cultures; "Real Story of the Quileute Wolves," a people of coastal Washington present their culture in artwork; "Our Universes," eight cultures are featured, showing their celebrations, languages, art, spirituality and daily life; and "Song of the Horse Nation," showing the influence of the horse on native cultures in the plains and plateau regions of the United States.
A performance by hoop dancer Thirza Defoe was a highlight of the visit. She shared Iroquois songs, a graceful Eagle dance and an introduction to the Ojibwe language. She used 24 hoops to design flowers, eagles and other symbols. Students were invited to join in a People's Hoop Dance to end the demonstration.
A grant from Target Field Trips was presented to fifth-grade teacher Shirley Fetchko for the transportation costs of this March trip.