Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Shared ancestors and making model shelters

Kim Foden came in to tell us about her ancestor who worked for the Hudson Bay Company in the 1700s.
She found out that he had a Cree family and that she had cousins at Sturgeon Lake in Saskatchewan.
When she went to visit them she realised how many of the First Nations people had Orkney names because of their shared ancestry.
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Kim tells us about the life of the Orkneymen who went to work for the Hudson Bay Company.
The Hudson Bay Company traded in furs of all kinds but the beaver was the most important.

The furs were traded for beads, metal items and blankets like this 4 point blanket.
The model teepee.
Each pole represented an important value to the Cree people.
Kim showed us lots of traditional crafted objects she had been given by her Cree family.


After building the model teepee Class 7 tried to design and make their own model shelters using similar types of materials. The materials and the time allowed were limited.
It proved to be a real challenge!
Which group would you go camping with?


  1. Making a shelter is always a challenge! You will have to have a go with life size materials and try building in the wind and rain....or maybe on a bonny day just to make it a bit easier...Any Scouts should be good at this!
    Mrs Rendall

  2. Some pretty good tipis have been made. I always think that putting up the big tipi which I can stand up in and walk around is much easier than a peedie model one. I think I would choose the last one among your photos to spend a night in, but not windy or wet night!
    Well done everyone.

  3. I hope all those newspaper challenges we did in p5 helped you with this task. Looks like your teams worked really well together. Next step a real shelter at Muddisdale?

  4. Looks like challenging work! I hope they built them strong to survive any strong winds! Good task for team working.
    Ruth (Euan's Mum)