Anthropology museum offers spring after-school program

By Pam Barrett
December 14, 2005

Wake Forest University's Museum of Anthropology will continue its "Exploring World Cultures" after-school programs for children in grades 1-5 beginning Feb. 13. This spring's four-part series, "Searching for Treasures in the Attic," will explore Native American cultures related to the museum's "Treasures from a Moravian Attic" exhibit. Each program includes a lesson and a hands-on activity.

Programs are scheduled for Feb. 13, Feb. 27, March 13 and March 27 and will run from 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The first program on Feb. 13 is titled, "Having Fun: Cherokee Games." Students will learn about various games the Cherokee play. They will make a bean toss game and try their hand at playing it.

On Feb. 27, in "Animal Canvases" children will create their own "animal skin" painting after observing and learning about Plains Indians and skin painting.

"Southeastern Spirits" will be offered March 13. During this program, the participants will learn about the spirit world that Southeastern Native American groups honor and how it is represented in their masks. They will then make their own masks.

The series will conclude with "Teacher Dolls" on March 27. In this final program, children will explore the Southwest spirit world and discuss the importance of the kachina. Students will make their own kachina dolls.

Students can sign up for the whole series or individual sessions. Space is limited to 13 students per session. Cost for the series is $35 ($32, museum members). Individual sessions are $15 per session ($12, museum members).

To register, call 336-758-5282 or send an email to