Texas Pioneer Adventure
We visited the Texas Pioneer Adventure and learnt how Native Americans and Texas pioneers used their resources wisely, by exploring a set of replica dwellings and other structures depicting prairie life.
Teepees are tent-like American Indian homes used by the tribes of the Great Plains. A teepee is made of a cone-shaped wooden frame with a covering of buffalo hide. Teepees are designed to set up and break down quickly. As a tribe moved from one place to another, each family would bring the teepee poles and the hide tent with them. Teepees are therefore obviously a great choice for nomadic groups of people.
A traditional wagon.
We climbed inside the wagon. Surprisingly, there is a lot of room inside there!
Another type of shelter used by ancient Americans is the sod houses. A sod is a section cut or torn from the surface of grassland containing the matted roots of grass. Sod is heavy and hard to cut. It is an ideal building material: warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It is fire proof. A number of sod houses still stand today and continue to provide shelter for some families.
Inside the sod house.
I felt like a giant on this mini bench.
A wooden house.
The wooden house had a doctor’s window.
Inside the house were dried herbs and flowers, probably for making medicine and remedies.
We had fun exploring this area, and reading all the information posted around the exhibit. Groups of students are brought here to record data and experiences in their own explorer’s journals as they explore the teepee, real sod house, and the settler’s cabin. There are also native plant gardens, a crop garden, and a kitchen garden to help discover what plants are used for medicine, food, clothing and even insect repellent.