A two-day interactive and educational workshop for local Prescott children (ages 6-12) that allowed students to understand the work and play lives of the pioneer children and Yavapai children who resided in the central highlands during the 19th century. Participatory activities included archery, quit-making, and music and dance. Workshop participants were recruited from the local homeschool community and the local Yavapai community.
“Yavapai Indian Tribe Cultural Research staff collaborated with Sharlot Hall Museum staff to develop the day camp which included the following activities: archery, quilting, reading animal footprints, American Indian music and dance, butter churning, acorn grinding, and Victorian toys, as well as a tour of the museum. Home-schooled youth from the Prescott area and Yavapai youngsters participated in the program. Comments from the children included “I liked everything because I like learning about pioneer stuff.” Yavapai means “people of the sun,” each basket tells a story and that Indian people made musical instruments using parts of animals and plants.” -Mary Melcher, Education Program Manager at Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona