Published October 22, 2020
With live field trips on hold because of COVID-19, fourth graders at St. Joseph Middle School in Conway took a virtual visit to Arkansas’ Old State House Museum in Little Rock Oct. 9.
“They ‘Zoomed’ in with us,” teacher Nicole Gooch said. “They took us on a mini-tour of the Old State House, gave us background information about the building and the state and then talked to us about Native American Arts.”
After the tour, each student made an effigy pot to go along with their Native American arts lesson. Effigy pots are examples of earthenware crafted by peoples of the Mississippian culture who lived in Tennessee and the surrounding area. The Mississippians were excellent potters and made jars, bowls, bottles and platters depicting animals, birds, fish, humans and mythological creatures.