Beloit College event teaches about Native Americans

“Heritage Hunt” is a free, three-part discovery series for ages 8-14 offered by Beloit Public Library and the Logan Museum of Anthropology.

Heritage Hunt is an opportunity for young people to delve into Native American culture. By reading fictional accounts, the library participants will learn about Native American life, and how Indians have often been misrepresented. This will be followed by a visit to the Logan Museum of Anthropology where there will be a hands-on activity relating to Native American culture.

The series will be held Mondays, Jan. 23, Feb. 20 and March 20, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Each program starts at the Beloit Public Library and includes a snack. For the second half of the program, students will walk, under adult supervision, to the Logan Museum of Anthropology on the Beloit College campus.

The books used in the series are The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich; Children of the Longhouse by Joseph Bruchac; and The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh. Activities will include making a birchbark basket, exploring Indian games, and a tour of the Beloit College Indian mounds and a related activity.

Amber McCrea, Youth Services librarian for Beloit Public Library, and Brett Lobello, assistant curator of education at Logan Museum of Anthropology, developed this program after working together last summer on a special dinosaur project for kids.

The series is free, but requires registration. Registration forms are available at the library, 409 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis. Stop by the library to pick up the first book.

For more info or to register, call 364-2915, or e-mail: A parent permission must be signed before the first program.

From the Jan. 18-24, 2006, issue

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