• 64°

Students learn about the earlier days of transportation

By Sarah Campbell
scampbell@salisburypost.com
SPENCER — Seniors in Reid Walters’ Native American Studies class at East Rowan High School are applying what they’ve learned in the classroom.
“This stuff is something you don’t really understand until you come and check it out,” Andy Austin said.
The group of 26 traveled to the North Carolina Transportation Museum on Wednesday, where they had the opportunity to see museum educator Brian Moffitt using flames to hollow out a tree to create a canoe.
“It was pretty neat to see how they would build a canoe because it’s so different from how we would build one today,” Madison Puckett said.
Puckett learned that Native Americans could use the burning method to complete a canoe in just three months.
“I think it’s interesting that instead of just chopping down a tree, they would actually build a fire around it and burn it down,” she said.
Bryn Lafevers said he was in awe of the innovation the Native Americans used.
“It was kind of insane to think the only way they used get around on was their feet until they decided to chop down a tree, dig it out with fire and put it in the water to see if it would float,” he said.
Colby Snider said he was fascinated about it after seeing Moffitt’s demonstration.
“Who would have thought you could burn something out like that and use nature as a tool to make something that changed the way of life for those people,” he said.
This is the second time Walters has taken his class to the museum.
“The canoe Brian Moffitt is working on actually fits into the next segment I teach these students, the Mississippian culture,” he said. “This was the culture that encompassed our local tribes collectively know as the Pee Dee and Catawba.”
Walters said his class also focuses on the settlement of the American West, which ties in the museum’s train collection.
“Steam locomotives were a very important aspect of this westward movement in the late 19th and early 20th century,” he said.
Snider said he enjoyed looking at the different machines.
“It’s interesting to see the design of these machines, they seem very sophistocated for the time period.”
Walters said the trip also includes facades of U.S. history that students learned in previous classes.
“The Backshops were built in 1905, when Spencer was in its infancy, a time when the early residents of Spencer were riding around on horses and carriages and building this railroad town,” he said. “Manpower built this structure that is the length of two football fields and composed of 2 million handmade brick.”
Walters said facts like that can pique the interest of students who are only slightly interested in history.
“To see a structure like this first hand is a history lesson in itself,” he said
Contact reporter Sarah Campbell at 704-797-7683.
Twitter: twitter.com/posteducation
Facebook: facebook.com/Sarah.SalisburyPost

Comments

Comments closed.

Education

‘Better chance of succeeding’: Moody, colleagues reflect on tenure, retirement

News

Collecting garbage: Locals work to beautify High Rock Lake during Clean Sweep

Coronavirus

Salisbury man grateful parents’ story has impacted many

News

Celtics take big lead and hold on to top Heat 117-106

Business

Downtown Salisbury ‘moving swiftly’ with developers interested in Empire Hotel

Business

From fantasy to fact, Cherry builds a Hobbit House at his Treesort

Business

Biz Roundup: CSP seeking to hire 100 new employees for plant expansion

Coronavirus

Police, sheriff focus on education in addressing mask-wearing complaints

Education

Candidates for East Area school board seat have widely different views on renewal

Kannapolis

Cannon Mills’ whistle sounds again, brings nostalgia with it

Coronavirus

UPDATED: Outbreak at jail annex over; new cases emerge at Kannapolis facility

Elections

In Senate race, Tillis calibrates ties to Trump

News

5 Charlotte officers recommended for dismissal after death in custody

Elections

Trump, Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota

College

Maui Invitational moving to Asheville during pandemic

News

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

Crime

Blotter: Sept. 19

Coronavirus

Kannapolis brewery linked to eight COVID-19 positives

Elections

Local Democrats call to ‘turn the state blue’ during virtual office reopening

Education

Funding flat, enrollment down slightly for Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Education

Catawba gets high marks in U.S. News and World rankings for fifth year

Business

China Grove soap store sets sights on expansion into Kannapolis

News

Charlotte, UNC game canceled after 49ers place players in quarantine

Crime

Blotter: Sept. 18