In this hands-on activity, students will learn the meaning of imagery on two Pueblo pots by examining images and reading short excerpts from Native American folklore. They will then design their own pots by creating symbols and will explain the meaning of the symbols. The decorations on Pueblo pots are great examples of how objects can help us learn about the culture and beliefs of people from the past. Originally created to transport and store water, the symbols with which the pots were decorated have become invaluable historical sources.This activity is included in an OurStory module entitled Pueblo Pots. OurStory is a series of modules designed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through the use of objects from the Museum's vast collections, quality children's literature, and engaging hands-on activities. Ideal for afterschool use, OurStory resources allow students to think critically, to be creative, and to achieve academic standards both in and out of the classroom.


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  • Social Studies > General

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  • K


K to 4 | Interactives



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