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If an archeologist was dropped into your kitchen, what would she find and perhaps know about you?  Using the lens of wondering how humans meet life's challenges, this is just one of the questions we consider as we travel through our First People's of the Great Plains gallery. 
Traditions develop out of solutions to challenges.  The First People of the Great Plains lived upon a large, challenging terrain with temperamental seasons.  Our live interactive program utilizes our First Peoples of the Plains: Traditions Shaped By Land And Sky gallery to learn about this history.  We will explore the many human solutions created by these first residents as we investigate housing, food, travel, adornments, and childhood.  We introduce and use the sciences of Anthropology and Archeology as a lens as we investigate our gallery.  Along the way we have participants take notes as we discuss the lifestyles of more than 10 tribes.  We end with each of us creating a parfleche (bag) out of our notepaper, underscoring how unique we each are as humans, even as we do the same activity.   
And, we always leave plenty of time for questions!

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About This Program


Point to Point: $125.00
Point to Point Premium: $115.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest 2-4 participants.

Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 25-30 students per classroom

Primary Disciplines

Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Explore Natural History: University of Nebraska State Museum

Lincoln, NE
United States

Sparking people's interest in the natural world and preserving it for future generations. That is our philosophy at the University of Nebraska State Museum. Established in 1871, the University
of Nebraska State Museum is an active research museum. We are known for our paleontological
collections, especially our iconic hall of ancient elephants, yet we also
maintain over 13 million specimens, ethnographic and archeological
The museum is focused on promoting discovery in natural science, and
fostering scientific understanding and interpretation of the Earth’s
past, present and future through world-class exhibits, collections,
special events, and education. The Museum is a
proud Smithsonian Affiliate and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Annie Mumgaard

Program Details


1. We begin with having participants find a piece of paper and pencil to take notes.
2 Judi gaiashkibos, Exec. Dir. of Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs and Dr. Alan Osborn, Curator of Anthropology, UNSM greet us to the gallery via video.
3. Participants are introduced to the great physical space called the Great Plains and the numerous tribes who have and do live here.
4. We learn about Anthropology and Archeology and ways to "think" like a scientist who studies humans in various ways.
5. We enter our gallery to "think" like a scientist. We view and consider historical choices made and traditions created by the varied tribes as they met their housing, food, travel, adornment, and childhood needs.
6. UNSM Anthropology Collections Manager Katelyn Trammel shares a variety of objects not on display to further the learning.
7. We conclude with each student using their note paper to create a parfleche, a bag, and we discuss the unique qualities each person brings to meeting their own needs.


Participants will:
- Explore the lifestyle choices made by the First People's of the Great Plains;
- Learn the definition of Archeology and Anthropology;
- Develop an understanding on the use of evidence to support one's comprehension of past living experiences;
- Recognize the humanity of native tribes in the past, present, and for the future.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

Nebraska Social Studies Standards: SS 3.3.3.a; SS 4.3.2; SS 4.3.3; SS 5.3.3; SS 8.3.3