BLUEMONT VA - A boy scout helping with clean-up for 3D scanning this week, found a very old horse tooth near the triangle at the Paleo-Indian site this week. This makes the second horse tooth found. Chris found the first tooth near the concentric rock rings. We have not date tested the teeth yet to see if they are fossilized. The boys were earning their Indian lore and archaeology merit badges. For more log into the Paleo-Indian News Room.
Bluemont, VA - Seven Boy Scouts from Round Hill, Va. Troop 743 earned their archaeology and Indian lore merit badges this weekend with help from Chris. The boys removed leaves, limbs, forest brush around the Paleo-Indian site in Bluemont, VA, in order to prepare for 3D and laser scanning of the Native American Indian property. Attending were three boy scout leaders and Jim Burton Sanctuary on the Trail™ our board of directors member and architect.
Bluemont, VA - to 30 people attended this weeks archeology presentation at Sanctuary on the Trail, 19 were boy scouts earning their Archeology Merit Badges. Chris and Rene' talked with the boys about what archaeology is and what it isn't. Discussed the steps of the archaeological process. How to date sites. Then visited an actual site. The boys led the way using flashlights in the dark, excavating near a large whole in the ground. Their next task is helping remove leaves, limbs, forest brush around the Paleo-Indian site in Bluemont, VA, in order to prepare for 3D scanning.
Merit Badge Requirements and Selection for Sanctuary on the Trail ™
1. Tell what archaeology is and explain how it differs from anthropology, geology, paleontology, treasure hunting, and history.
2. Describe each of the following steps of the archaeological process: site location, development of a research design, historical research, site excavation, artifact identification and examination, interpretation, preservation, and information sharing.
3. Describe at least two ways in which archaeologists determine the age of sites, structures, or artifacts. Explain what relative dating is.
4. Do TWO of the following: b. Learn about three archaeological sites located within the United States. c. Visit an archaeological site and learn about it. For EACH site you research for options a, b, or c, point it out on a map and explain how it was discovered. Describe some of the information about the past that has been found at each site. Explain how the information gained from the study of these sites answers questions that archaeologists are asking and how the information may be important to modern people. Compare the relative ages of the sites you research
5. Choose ONE of the sites you picked for requirement 4 and give a short presentation about your findings to a Cub Scout pack, your Scout troop, your school class, or another group.
6. Do the following: a. Explain why it is important to protect archaeological sites. b. Explain what people should do if they think they have found an artifact. c. Describe the ways in which you can be a protector of the past.
7. Do ONE of the following: STUDENT ON HIS OWN a. Make a list of items you would include in a time capsule. Discuss with your merit badge counselor what archaeologists a thousand years from now might learn about you and the culture in which you live based on the contents of your capsule. b. Make a list of the trash your family throws out during one week. Discuss with your counselor what archaeologists might learn about you and your family if they found your trash a thousand years from now.
8. Do ONE of the following: a. Under the supervision of a qualified archaeologist, spend at least eight hours helping to excavate an archaeological site.
9. Under the supervision of a qualified archaeologist or instructor, do ONE of the following: a. Help prepare an archaeological exhibit for display in a museum, visitor center, school, or other public area.
10. Do ONE of the following: (INDIAN LORE BADGE) a. Research American Indians who live or once lived in your area. Find out about traditional lifeways, dwellings, clothing styles, arts and crafts, and methods of food gathering, preparation, and storage. Describe what you would expect to find at an archaeological site for these people.
11. Identify three career opportunities in archaeology. Pick one and explain how to prepare for such a career. Discuss with your counselor what education and training are required, and tell why this profession might interest you. STUDENT ON HIS OWN.
Indian Lore Merit Badge Requirements and Selection for Sanctuary on the Trail™
1. Give the history of one American Indian tribe, group or nation that lives or has lived near you. Visit it, if possible. Tell about traditional dwellings, way of life, tribal government, religious beliefs, family and clan relationships, language, clothing styles, arts and crafts, food preparation, means of getting around, games, customs in warfare, where members of the group now live, and how they live. Presentation we offer.
2. Do TWO of the following. Focus on a specific group or tribe. We choose Paleo-Indians. ITEM a. Make an item of clothing worn by members of the tribe. Medicine Bag. ITEM d. Visit a museum to see Indian artifacts. Discuss them with your counselor. Identify at least 10 artifacts by tribe or nation, their shape, size, and use. Paleo-Indian site on our property.
3. Do ONE of the following: ITEM c. Give a demonstration showing how a specific Indian group traditionally hunted, fished, or trapped. Presentation we offer.
4. Do ONE of the following: ITEM f. Write or tell about eight things adopted by others from American Indians. Presentation we offer.
Due to 4-5 feet of snow and now heavy melting combined with two months of on and off raining, we postponed the Boy Scout community service events scheduled for Feb. 13 and Feb. 27. We will reschedule when it gets warmer.
We are hopeful you will still be able to come out at a later date. Thanks for considering this worthwhile event and opportunity for your boys and families.
EVENT DETAILS: Earn Two maybe three Boy Scouts Merit Badges for Community Service Exchange at Sanctuary on the Trail™ Native American Church of Virginia. Community Service hours are needed to help prepare for 3-D archaeology scanning by removing leaves, limbs, forest brush around a Paleo-Indian site found in Bluemont Va. All help is appreciated. In exchange, we will work with scouts, leaders and parents to complete the students work towards Archaeology and Indian Lore Badges.
WHAT: Earn Two maybe three Boy Scouts Merit Badges for Community Service Exchange at Sanctuary on the Trail™ Native American Church of Virginia. Community Service hours are needed to help prepare for 3-D archaeology scanning by removing leaves, limbs, forest brush around a Paleo-Indian site found in Bluemont Va. Any help is appreciated. In exchange, we will work with scouts, leaders and parents to complete the students work towards Archaeology and Indian Lore Badges.
If you would like to bring hot dogs and food you're welcome to camp out and eat around the fireside. Depending on how many participants we have we will also arrange for an outside john. the area we will be working is a beautiful mountainous area near a mountain stream. we will give you a tour of the property along with taking a look at a subterranean sweat lodge under construction.
WHEN. Sat. February 13th and Sat. February 27th from 10 am to 4:30 pm. those who would like to camp out overnight please call us on what day you would plan to camp out either on the Friday night or stay over on Saturday night. You do not have to attend both days, but are encouraged to if you can help us longer.
SUPPLIES. Please plan to bring your own tools and supplies for example work gloves, rakes, adults with chainsaw, shovel, hiking shoes, and cold weather gear. Camping gear.
WEATHER. Inclement weather plan in case of rain or snow we will reschedule for March.
THE WORK. We are separating the time out for working and clearing property with the earning of the badges which involves signing off on the Indian lore badge and the archaeology badge and possibly the art badge. Our goal is to help you earn the badges while here in one day and sign off with your troop master before you leave.
HOW MUCH TIME. Helping one day for about 4 hours we think is enough work time. Then allow 2-3 hours to go over the badge work. if you want to come on both days or multiple days we appreciate your help, there is a lot to do and it can be fun working outside. We scheduled 10 am to 4:30 pm for a block of time you can stop in. I will be helping you check in when you arrive. My husband Chris will be leading the work groups. We do not want rocks moved as they may be artifacts. We will explain it all when you get here. WHY. The work involves clearing the brush, trees that have fallen and leaves in order for a company that has volunteered to conduct 3d scanning and underground radar of the property. we believe this is an exciting project to be involved in and we look forward to hosting you here at the sanctuary. We know how hard it is to earn your merit badges especially the rare ones. This is a win win for us both. We think this work is our duty in order to be preserve and understand ancient sites.
PHOTOS. For photographs of the property please visit our website www.sanctuaryonthetrail.org. See the gallery under the Sanctuary drop down.
Winchester, Virginia - The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is partnering with the Native American Church of Virginia (Sanctuary on the Trail™) to help involve children, parents, families, businesses and the community in learning about Native American Indians past and present. The Discovery Museum is the first green rooftop in Winchester, Va. and the first user-friendly, hands-on, interactive center for informal education in the area. One of the first initiatives involves helping bring “The Gathering” to the area. The Gathering is an educational celebration of agri-culture that includes a Native American Harvest Dance; Virginia Gourd Festival; Kidz Harvest Fest; Living History Exhibitors; Military Veteran and Uniformed Services Tribute; Trader's Village; and Multicultural Thanksgiving Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 at the Clarke County Fairgrounds. The Discovery Museum offers a rich program aimed at enhancing children’s education through encountering, action, exploring and green observation. The three story building hosts everything from a paleo park, to apple packing and water shed, to Leo’s (Leonardo) corner to Moccasin Trail and open sky observation deck. More meeting are planned and new and exciting things are on the horizon.
Paul Limoges, Museum Advancement Officer; René White, NAC of VA President and Executive Director for The Gathering; Chris White, NAC of VA CEO; and Ryan Hall, Museum Marketing, Membership and Special Events on top of the first green rooftop in Winchester, Va. (June 2, 2015)
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema -- Local organizations invited the Native American Church of Virginia (NAC of VA) leadership to attend the Summer Camp Fair to promote Sanctuary on the Trail™ summer watercolor classes and "The Gathering" a fall harvest festival. The 2015 Summer Camp Fair was open to the public with free admission and children’s activities at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester VA. on March 22. Community organizations offered a wide variety of summer programs available to children. The freezing spring weather did not stop the hundreds who attended.
Rene' White (Feather) NAC of VA president with Tracey Pitcock Recreation Program Coordinator Clarke County Parks and Recreation and Co-Chair of the Educational Committee for a multicultural agri-tourism festival 10/29- 11/1/2015 Berryville, VA called "The Gathering." (Photo by Tiffany)
Web Hosting by iPage Sanctuary on the Trail™ P.O. Box 123 Bluemont VA 20135 email@example.com www.NACofVA.org www.SanctuaryontheTrail.org The Gathering: email Info4TheGathering@gmail.com web site www.HarvestGathering.org