The Colors Of Nature

EDISON — Third graders from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison enhanced their knowledge of the Native American culture and traditions during a trip to Kateri Environmental Center in Wickatunk on Monday, Nov. 8.

The students combed the landscape for items that could be used for dyeing cloth as the Native Americans would have done. They learned which items in nature would result in dyeing fabrics shades of burgundy, light brown, gold and pale yellow. They used those materials found in nature, such as marigolds and black walnuts, to dye wool at the center. At the conclusion of the visit, they played Native American games and participated in a Native American Naming Ceremony.

Pictured above, Aashraya Singiri of Edison, Sydney Johnson of Piscataway, Aliya Zaidi of Carteret, Sydney Rose of North Plainfield and Logan Hill of Dayton prepare marigold petals for dyeing. Photo by Kathy Meier of Cranford

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