History Comes to Life

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As an extension of their social studies curriculum, fourth-graders at Joseph Edgar Intermediate School learned about the great Mohawk nation during a recent visit from the father of a current student.

During the program, Jay Levenson spoke about his family’s Mohawk roots and shared different cultural aspects of the nation dating back to the 18th century. He shared information such as why silver jewelry is worn, how shells were used to create a story or message on belts, and how gourds were transformed to create canteens or water jugs. He also spoke about the tribes who live in each region of New York, taught the students several Mohawk words and a few of the legends and common misunderstandings of the Native American tribe.

At the end of the event, the students learned how to sing and perform a traditional Mohawk lullaby.