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Tier 3

Native American ➔ Powder Horns

Powder horns such as these were used to carry gunpowder after guns were introduced by European traders in the 1700s. They could be made out of a buffalo, cow, or ox horn and were sometimes decorated by the user. Oftentimes, there would be a piece of wood on one end to prevent the gunpowder from pouring out. Horns were ideal to store gunpowder because their shape acted as a funnel, allowing guns to easily be loaded. 

Discovery Kit: Anishinabe Culture (October 25 2019)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.

Virtual Discovery Kit: Anishinabe Culture (April 2020)
Learn how the Anishinabek have lived alongside the natural world through a variety of artifacts that tell the story of the first people of this place.