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Children go Native at Belle Isle

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 8:00 am

David Sweet (pictured at right) taught children and their families about the everyday life of Pocahontas and the people of the Powhatan tribe at Belle Isle State Park this past weekend.

David Sweet (pictured at right) taught children and their families about the everyday life of Pocahontas and the people of the Powhatan tribe at Belle Isle State Park this past weekend.

Children and their families gleefully padded clay into model pots and ran their hands over furs that would have been used by Native Americans as they explored the “Pocahontas playground” on Saturday.

The eager learners gathered at the visitor center of Lancaster County’s Belle Isle State Park, where Chief Park Ranger Charlene Talcott and volunteer David Sweet, who was dressed in Native American clothing, immersed them in the culture of Pocahontas’ Powhatan tribe through sharing surprising facts and displaying their clothing and tools.

Children modeled the aprons that the Native Americans used to wear. Parents were surprised to learn from Talcott and Sweet explained that the cloth was oftentimes the only clothing that the men, women and children wore everyday.

When it became colder, Talcott said the natives would cover themselves sin bear grease and, if the cold…

 

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