Black Snake Woman and Traveling Medicine Dog are descendants of Native Americans. They are articulate teachers of the native culture. Black Snake and Traveling Medicine Dog teach respect for all people and their differences. They present information that breaks down stereotypes of Native Americans, and provide information about native cultures and traditions.

Introduction to American Indian Studies: This workshop is the first contact that Black Snake Woman and Traveling Medicine Dog have with a school. This introduction gives participants hands-on experience with artifacts made and used by native people from the 1700’s to more recent times. More than 30 items can be presented. There are tools, musical instruments, jewelry, a war club, and trade goods from the European culture. The group sits “in-council” on the floor. After a brief introduction students are invited to ask a question about native life or to choose an object that they would like to learn about.

Pictographs: This session focuses on Native American communication. Participants will study various signs and will interpret those signs based on historic messages. They create their own stories from the pictographs learned. During this session they will dispel the myth that native peoples were “ignorant savages.” The program shows that natives had a written language. Students will explore how pictographs differ from oral communication.

Creative Arts and Sciences (CAS) implements curricular-related programs at elementary and middle schools in Newton. The PTOs at each school fund these programs. The programs align with Newton curricula, the Massachusetts’ curricular frameworks, system-wide goals, and core values. Programs enhance Art, English/ Language Arts, History, Social Studies, Music, Physical Education, and Science curricula.

Learn more about other programs coming to Cabot this year here.