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Reed brings Native American artifacts to Perry Harrison School

Posted Thursday, November 25, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Robert Reed came to Perry Harrison School to share his extensive collection of Native American Artifacts with students on Monday, November 22. Reed, who is part Native American, has been collecting artifacts for about fifty years. Reed works as a Driver's License Examiner in Siler City, but used community service time to be able to come and speak with students.

With the focus of studies on Native Americans this month, this was a particularly interesting event for students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Reed's collection featured many arrowheads, spear points and other tools, but the most interesting pieces included ancient Clovis Points, a medicine blower, and a petrified antler with incised drawings depicting a deer hunt. Also in the collection were beads, gorgets, stone lacrosse balls, and scrapers made of flaked stone.

Students and teachers were fascinated with the stories about where Reed found many of his artifacts. One Native American pipe was found when he was planting onion sets in his back yard. Fourth grade teacher, Rebecca Tompkins, said, “He must have a magical yard. I wish I could find things like that in my yard!”

The event was the result of collaboration between first grade teacher, Ronda Lemons, and media coordinator, Deborah Minor. They worked in conjunction with Janice Frazier, principal, to bring Reed to the school for the day.

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