Native American Herb Pouch
Investigate the uses of herbs by Native Americans, create your own herb pouch, and collect local wild herb specimens.
1. Study local herbs, their history, and uses. Research how Native Americans gather these herbs for use as medicines and in their rituals. Explore symbols used by people of the indigenous nations who lived in your area.
2. Use construction paper to make a replica of a Native American herb pouch. Fold a 9-by 12-inch sheet of paper in half. Fasten the sides together with Crayola® School Glue.
3. Cover your work area with newspaper. With Crayola Washable Paints and Brushes, decorate the herb pouch with Native American symbols. Dry overnight.
4. Find a nature area in which plant specimens can be collected. Take an herb identification book, your herb pouch, and Crayola Colored Pencils, and paper on a nature walk. Ask a grown-up to carry Crayola Scissors for you. Identify plants in the herb book BEFORE you touch them. When you are sure you have identified them correctly, snip off a small piece of the plant, leaving the root intact.
5. Use Crayola Colored Pencils to list their names and locations on paper as you collect different herbs, leaves, and plant specimens in your herb pouch. List their name and location as you collect them. Sketch each plant beside its name and location.
6. Look up traditional Native American uses of these herbs. Which are still used today? Compare findings with your friends.
Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.
Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.
Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.
- Make a Native American mineral pouch. Identify rocks and minerals found in your area. How would the indigenous peoples have used these elements?
- Press plant samples between sheets of waxed paper with a warm iron. Or dry and then laminate them to preserve them.
- Research foods which are indigenous to North and South America. Ask local people with Native roots to share information. Collect authentic recipes and prepare them.