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‘Summer Days at the Ranch’ come to an end

Hart Park hosts its final hands-on educational program for youngsters, parents

Posted: August 22, 2009 8:59 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Sadie Gardner and her father, Jared, learn how the local Native Americans made deer hoof rattles before celebrating her third birthday with friends and family at William S. Hart Park in Newhall. The hands-on exhibit was part of "Acorn, Sea and Sage" day at the park's "Summer Days at the Ranch" series of education and fun events, designed especia...

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Under some shade at William S. Hart Park on Saturday, Sadie Gardner, 2, watched her father fiddle around with a piece of brown paper and a long, flat wooden stick.

“You’re making a plane?” she asked.

“It’s a boat!” 38-year-old Jared Gardner said, grinning.

The pair stumbled across the hands-on educational program: the third and final installment of Summer Days at the Ranch.

It was titled, “Acorns, Sea and Sage: Chumash Native Americans.”

Sadie and other kids learned about scraping rocks and arrowheads, and ground up acorns using a rough stone mortar and pestle.

They got to make miniature canoes and rattles, based on the designs of what the Chumash had used for hundreds of years.

They also learned how Native Americans tanned hides naturally:

“They used brains,” said Stephanie Johnson, who brought her 4-year-old son Evan to the park Saturday morning.

“Every animal’s brains can (be used to) tan their own hides, except for a bison’s. It’s too small.

“Who knew?”

The Hart Ranch and Museum will hold a Native American Powwow on Sept. 26 and 27, showcasing Native American art, dance, music and food.

 

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