The Maidu School Program provides third and fourth grade students with a hands-on experience of the Maidu way of life.
September 01, 2016 - June 15, 2017
The Maidu School Program
The Maidu Living History School Program, modeled on the settler program, was initiated in fall 2006. It was an instant success, with teachers from all over the North Valley calling to enroll their classes—many for this year, and as the word spread, many more for the following years. The program was developed with the cooperation and financial support of the Maidu community.
The Maidu School Program provides third and fourth grade students with a hands-on experience of the Maidu way of life. This program is written to fit with the California curriculum on Native American history by describing the life of the local Maidu, the Native Americans of Butte County.
The museum has been able to work with local Maidu to document many of the tools and musical instruments from their ancestors. Many have donated replica tools to enhance the program.
Parents come with the classes and are trained to teach the students at each station. The stations are food, grinding acorns and tasting tea, dance and music, gambling game, spear throwing, making a Bull Roarer, and the native garden to learn how the Maidu used native plants.
The students learn about the language by singing songs that have been saved on recordings.
Dancing with the musical instruments is a fun activity.
Learning to throw a spear to kill a bear.
Bull Roarers bring the rain.