The 5th & 6th Grade class took a Living History field trip to Ernie Miller Park during the month of October. During their visit, they met three historical figures:
Here's what some of the students wrote about their trip (thanks to Dawn Burke for the pictures):
The thing I enjoyed most was the Indian and the lady. First I’ll talk about the Indian. He was funny and entertaining, and gave me an Indian name called Sleepy Elk. It was kind of funny but I liked it. Now I will talk about the lady - she was funny, too! She made us do chores, but at the end we got Johnny cake. It was good and tasty.
I liked the characters and they were funny. The French Trader told us a story and took us places. He had a lot of furs. The furs were otter, beaver, red fox, coyote, badger, skunk, deer, and bobcat.
Bloody Hands used us to demonstrate what the Whasashay did. He told us stories about the Indians, and that that Indians would sacrifice little girls. He also told us that Apaches were bad. Furs he had were bison, wolf, coyote, and deer.
The pioneer woman made us Johnny Cake. It was good! She made ten of us go into the woods to collect firewood. She told us stories, taught us a song, and Mrs. Parker also made us work. I was the first person who got Johnny Cake
I especially liked how the Indians danced. It was so peaceful. I wish there were Indians that still wear those clothes. One man was from the Washasha tribe. He did a cool play. I sometimes wondered if I was going to see real Indians! Bloody Hands was a real Indian. I can’t believe he actually painted on Colin. Bloody Hands is an awesome person. When he did the play, the voice he made was cool.
When he told Bomi and Andrew to give the tongue to a girl, Bomi gave it to me. He told us it meant we were girlfriend and boyfriend. Bloody Hands showed us how to make paint.
My favorite part of the Ernie Miller Nature Center field trip was the French voyageur. He told us the story of how he had to wait until he was sixteen years old to go with his uncle Zsobear and be a voyageur. He told of the life of a voyageur, including lots of canoeing and walking. Then he showed us some traps that he would use to catch beaver. They were made of metal or steel, and would close so hard it could break a man’s finger. He showed us some presents that could be used to trade with the Indians for beaver pelts. Cristof showed us some pelts, or skins, of animals, such as bobcat, coyote, red fox, skunk, and badger. We even got to see the voyageur, whose name was Cristof Panage, trade with an Indian. Cristof Panage was very entertaining.
The woman that just moved to Kansas was my favorite part of the field trip. She let us have some Johnny cake in exchange for chores. Some got firewood for her; I helped her fill her bed with hay. I learned that at that time, Kansas and Missouri were having border wars. People were also debating if Kansas would have slaves or not. We ended up not having slaves, and this was good for lots of slaves. I also learned how early settlers lived in non-settled land. It was all woods, plains, or long rolling hills back then. That’s why I liked the early settler woman so much.
The best part of the trip was when the Indian showed us all the different ways of making paint with the cloud flour. He also showed us how he used every part of the animal. Brains for tanning hides, the bones for tools and weapons, the hide for blankets and clothing, the meat for food, and the horn for cups or bowls. It was fun when he picked me to put on the hide and I got to lie on the buffalo and deer hide.
What I liked about the field trip was that we got to learn about Indian tribes and people they call the Wasashay. I really liked the accent of the people. There were three people that came to talk us. I can only remember the name of one, and that was Christophe. He wanted to go with his Uncle Zubare on an expedition. He had to wait two years before he went with his uncle. When two years came he was so excited, but when he woke up his uncle was asleep so he woke him up and said, “Uncle Zubare, wake up its time to go camping in the canoe.” But his uncle said "go back to sleep, I will wake you up when the Rooster crows."
I think the funniest one was the Indian. They’re cool. I wish there were more Indians in the world. I almost forgot Bloody Hands. It’s a cool name. There were animal skins like the bison, the red fox, the elk, the coyote, the wolf, and the beaver.
We had a lady come, too. She talked about some stuff but the only thing I can remember was she that she made us clean things for Johnny cakes. I did not like the Johnny cake so I gave mine away. After that we had lunch.
Then we went to a room and watched a video about Christophe. The guy showed us a big block of tea. It smelled really good! It was almost time to leave, but we had to wait for everybody to get a drink. I hope the fourth graders have a good time next year! I had a good time. I would not stay at the park as long as we did. It was really long, but it was fun and cool.
My favorite part of the field trip was when we met Christoph Paneg. He has the same name as me! He is awsome because he got to go hunt animals in the USA, which wasn't the USA yet. I think that it would be fun! I also liked the Indian, Bloody Hands because he was an Osage tribe member. I like the Osage because they would get their names when they were 15 years old.