Summit Kids Learn of Indian Life

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Summit Kids Learn of Indian Life


Just before Thanksgiving, most students learn about Pilgrims and American Indians and how the first Thanksgiving was celebrated.

This year, Summit Academy in Elgin took a slightly different tact and invited "Red Hawk," a Pottawatomie Indian, to share many aspects of his life, including the differences between American Indians in this area and the first European immigrants, namely the French and English.

Red Hawk is impersonated by Elgin resident, Sal Camacho Jr.. He said he has found a similarity between his own culture in Mexico and that of the Indian.

Camacho has done extensive research on the Pottawatomie, one of the tribes that lived in this area.

Red Hawk also shared his collection of beaver, mink, deer, buffalo and fox pelts with the students.

They had the opportunity to compare the softness of the muskrat to that of the mink.

Most were surprised that the muskrat was softer and more water repellent than the mink.

He explained that the beaver pelt was one of the main reasons that the Europeans had come to this area, and that the beaver pelt was traded for more items than any of the other pelts.

Summit students were curious about Red Hawk.

"Did you come here today on your horse? …

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