Students touring the National Museum of the American Indian recently experienced firsthand the culture of Native Americans.
The students from Potomac State College of West Virginia University took their studies to the next level by visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., this spring. The group included Caleb Burns, of Thomas.
Associate Professor Deanna Armentrout took members of her Literature of Native America course to the nation's capital to view artifacts they'd learned about in class. After watching a short film on various indigenous Native American nations, the group was fortunate to encounter Dennis Zotigh, a Kiowa, San Juan Pueblo and Santee Dakota Indian, as he performed a musical presentation in conjunction with the current exhibit "A Song for the Horse Nation."
Students taking part in the field trip to the National Museum of the American Indian are, from left, Ben Neilson, Herman Li, Alexandar Conley, Caleb Burns, Casandra Rinker, Sierra Hott and Travis Hayward. Also accompanying the group are Assistant Professor of English Susan Eastman, far right, and Associate Professor Deanna Armentrout, second from right.
Many of the students also had lunch at the cafe in the museum, where they were served original Native American food.
"Learning about Native American Indians is interesting, but actually experiencing their music, dance, food and culture is truly eye-opening," said class participant Sierra Hott.