Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Antelope Valley Indian Museum, Lancaster, CA

Since the Ingalls encounter Native Americans on the prairie, we are focusing our study on Native American history and culture this month.  Friday, we watched "Dances With Wolves," which features Sioux and Pawnee, and Saturday we visited the Antelope Valley Indian Museum in Lancaster, CA. This was also their Annual American Indian Celebration, which featured Native dancing, music, Indian tacos, and handmade Indian crafts.

Apache performers

This next group is the Danza Azteca Xochipilli representing the Aztec culture.  They invited others to join in and learn one dance, which was a lot of fun; and even Dad joined in with the girls.

The museum was a home built into the rock mountain.  The builder/owner collected mainly Navajo Indian artifacts for his personal collection, but later more were added when his home was opened to the public.

Craddle boards

Later, Dad took the kids on a trail around the property.  My desert children cannot get enough of sand.

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