Scavenger Hunt - Native American Projects answers questions

Scavenger Hunt


How many things can you find around your house that people had in North America before 1500 (before the European invasion)? If you don't find many around your house, how many can you find in a grocery store or a department store?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Blueberries
  • Corn (or anything with corn in it like popcorn, cornmeal, cornbread,
    polenta, grits, coke with corn syrup, tacos, or tortillas)
  • Kidney beans, pinto beans, lima beans, string beans, navy beans
  • Summer squash, zucchini, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, pumpkins
  • Acorns
  • Wild rice
  • Maple syrup
  • Buffalo (bison) meat
  • Cranberries
  • Turkey
  • Sunflowers and sunflower seeds (or sunflower oil/safflower oil)
  • Venison (deer meat)
  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Tobacco (don't smoke it, just find it!)
  • Mustard greens
  • Cactus fruit
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Drums
  • Fish-hooks and fishing poles
  • Canoe or kayak
  • Snowshoes
  • Pottery jars and bowls
  • Baskets
  • Lacrosse stick

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Professor Carr

Karen Eva Carr, PhD.
Assoc. Professor Emerita, History
Portland State University

Professor Carr holds a B.A. with high honors from Cornell University in classics and archaeology, and her M.A. and PhD. from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has excavated in Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and Tunisia, and she has been teaching history to university students for a very long time.

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