Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Educational methods include storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, and directed research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, but learners may also educate themselves. Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational.
And this is just what happens at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum.
MKIM offers tours for homeschoolers, scout tours, senior tours, and special interest tours for groups such as cultural awareness, gardening, craft, Native studies, and museum studies groups."
Enter the Northeastern Woodlands with its birch bark containers, moose hair embroidery and split ash baskets, into the Southeast with artifacts from the Seminole and Cherokee cultures. Around a corner, enter the Southwest with a fascinating discussion about corn, pueblo pottery, Navajo weaving and basketry from the western part of the country.
The Plains Gallery, under the direction of Chris Bullock, Wampanoag, brings a full-scale furnished tipi into the galleries! Children and adults alike will marvel at this glimpse into Plains life with discussions of the American bison, beadwork and feather headdresses.
MKIM is a natural resource for classroom teachers, home school parents, youth group leaders and enrichment coordinators. In addition to offering group tours of the museum the museum offers Educator Resource Kits, Outreach Programs and specifics on how MKIM aligns with the New Hampshire Department of Education's State Curriculum Frameworks for Teaching Social Studies.
But there is more...
Education for us is more than simple museum exhibits. Through the year we hold many events including the teaching of various native american crafts, language courses and many other activities.
We have, and use extensively, a garden where we grow indigenous foods and demonstrate how this can be done successfully by anyone with a small amount of training. Seeds from the crops are saved and used in 'seed-saving' banks which, in turn, offer them onwards to people interested in growing heritage food crops.
Wikipedia mention stories. Yes we have them too! Special days such as our Winter Gathering, include storytelling for both young and old.