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Cooper Students Study Local History

Little is known about the early Native Americans of Sheboygan County. Recently, Cooper Elementary School third grade social studies classes studied Native American life through myths, legends, archaeological remains and stories of explorers, missionaries, traders, and early settlers.

Under the guidance of third grade teacher, Ann Wusterbarth, students learned about the fishing, trapping and hunting habits of the Woodland tribes that inhabited this area. Students learned that deer, elk, bear, wolves, bobcats, beaver, muskrats, minks, otter and birds were hunted and used for food, clothing and pelts for trading. They studied Native American dwellings and constructed a classroom wigwam covered with "hide's" decorated with stories of their lives.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
May 20, 2009