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Living Earth Family Day

August 28, 2021


Celebrate summer with virtual hands-on family activities. Inspired by corn, sunflowers and strawberries, these projects highlight Indigenous food plants.

Create Your Own Sunflower Bracelet: Sunflowers are a common crop among Indigenous nations throughout North America. Not only used as a food source, the sunflower design is also used to create beautiful beadwork. Beadwork is a form of decoration and adornment that honors and shows respect for individuals, natural resources and objects. Today, it continues to be a valuable form of Native expression and artistic skill. Create your own sunflower chain bracelet.

Summer Strawberry Fun: Strawberries are celebrated every year by many Native communities. The plants flower in late spring and bring an abundance of nourishing fruit throughout the summer. They have been long enjoyed by Native people as the first fruit after long winter months. Learn more by watching this video, and have fun creating a decorative paper strawberry to hang in your home.

Cornhusk Dragonfly Activity: Corn was first domesticated by the Indigenous people of Mexico. Planted in late spring and harvested at the end of summer, corn has long been an important food source for many communities throughout North and South America. The husk is also a useful material that can be used to create everything from dolls to bags and artwork. Create your own dragonfly using cornhusk.

Scheduled to be on demand beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28.

Recommended for ages 5 and up.


August 28, 2021
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