|Lesson Plan: Predicting the Past
Illinois Goals and Standards addressed:
Language Arts: If journal entry is read aloud to students, Listening
Language Arts: If journal entry is printed out and read by students, Reading
Illinois State Museum Web site used:
MuseumLInk Illinois, Behind the Scenes, Research and collections, Anthropology, Field and Lab Work http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/behind/htmls/cr_an_fl.html
Objective: After reading or listening to, and discussing Jacques Marquette's journal entries in the Web site, and discussing what archaeologists do and what they find and do not find, they will be able to sort through the list they make on the chalkboard of artifacts (materials of life) that Marquette saw, held, or used. From this list, they will write a shorter list of those artifacts which would have survived long enough for a 20th century archaeologist to have found them. They should also give the reasons for their choices.
Discussion Questions to Think About:
Assessment: At the end of the Native American unit using the Museumlink Native American Web Site and activities, include some written questions about objects found and not found ( with possible reasons) at archaeological sites of Indian villages in Illinois. (See sample test) Assessment for Predicting the PastName
1. Name three man-made objects that Jacques Marquette saw Peoria Indians use in the village he visited.
3. Name three foods that he saw the Indians eating.
5. How would reading Marquette's journal help archaeologists do their job?
Extension Activity: Once students are aware of the dynamics of artifacts and remains found versus artifacts and remains (materials) used by people in their time, they can use this knowledge as they read the Historic Native American Web module.
EXCERPTS FROM FATHER JACQUES MARQUETTE'S JOURNAL
In 1673, the Governor of New France authorized a young fur trader, Louis Jolliet, to explore the Mississippi River, which he hoped would lead to a water route for trade to the Gulf of Mexico. Jolliet was accompanied on this journey by the Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette and five other people. The party of explorers entered the upper Mississippi River from the Wisconsin River. In what is now Missouri, they found several villages of Illinois Indians. They stayed for several days with the Peoria tribe of Illinois Indians at a village that had over three hundred houses.
Following are excerpts from Father Jacques Marquette's journal. Remember that the wording used in this journal is from the late 1600s.
SECTION 4TH. OF THE GREAT RIVER CALLED MISSISSIPPI; ITS MOST NOTABLE FEATURES; OF VARIOUS ANIMALS AND ESPECIALLY THE PISIKIOUS OR WILD CATTLE, THEIR SHAPE AND NATURE; OF THE FIRST VILLAGES OF
Finally, on the 25th of June, we perceived on the water's edge some tracks of men, and a narrow and somewhat beaten path leading to a fine prairie. We stopped to Examine it; and, thinking that it was a road which Led to some village of savages, We resolved to go and reconnoiter [inspect] it. We therefore left our two Canoes under the guard of our people, strictly charging Them not to be surprised, after which Monsieur Jollyet [Jolliet] and I undertook this investigation -- a rather hazardous one for two men who exposed themselves, alone, to the mercy of a barbarous and Unknown people. We silently followed The narrow path, and, after walking About 2 leagues, We discovered a village on the bank of a river, and two others on a Hill distant about half a league from the first.
SECTION 6TH. OF THE CHARACTER OF THE ILINOIS; OF THEIR HABITS AND CUSTOMS; AND OF THE ESTEEM THAT THEY HAVE FOR THE CALUMET, OR TOBACCO-PIPE, AND OF THE DANCE THEY PERFORM IN ITS HONOR.
Their Bodies are shapely; they are active and very skillful with bows and arrows. They also use guns, which they buy from our savage allies who Trade with our french. They use them especially to inspire, through their noise and smoke, terror in their Enemies; the latter do not use guns, and have never seen any, since they live too Far toward the West. They are warlike, and make themselves dreaded by the Distant tribes to the south and west, whither they go to procure Slaves; these they barter, selling them at a high price to other Nations, in exchange for other Wares. Those very Distant Savages against whom they war have no Knowledge of Europeans; neither do they know anything of iron, or of Copper, and they have only stone Knives. When the Ilinois depart to go to war, the whole village must be notified by a loud Shout, which is uttered at the doors of their Cabins, the night and The Morning before their departure. The captains are distinguished from the warriors by wearing red Scarfs. These are made, with considerable Skill, from the Hair of bears and wild cattle [bison]. They paint their faces with red ocher [a red pigment made of iron oxide], great quantities of which are found at a distance of some days' journey from the village. They live by hunting, game being plentiful in that country, and on indian corn, of which they always have a good crop; consequently, they have never suffered from famine. They also sow beans and melons, which are Excellent, especially those that have red seeds. Their Squashes are not of the best; they dry them in the sun, to eat them during The winter and the spring. Their Cabins are very large, and are Roofed and floored with mats made of Rushes. They make all Their utensils of wood, and their Ladles out of the heads of cattle, whose Skulls they know so well how to prepare that they use these ladles with ease for eating their sagamité[corn meal boiled in water and seasoned with fat].
There remains no more, except to speak of the Calumet [a decorated tobacco pipe used in rituals]. There is nothing more mysterious or more respected among them. Less honor is paid to the Crowns and scepters of Kings than the Savages bestow upon this. It seems to be the God of peace and of war, the Arbiter of life and of death. It has but to be carried upon one's person, and displayed, to enable one to walk safely through the midst of Enemies -- who, in the hottest of the Fight, lay down Their arms when it is shown. For That reason, the Ilinois gave me one, to serve as a safeguard among all the Nations through whom I had to pass during my voyage. There is a Calumet for peace, and one for war, which are distinguished solely by the Colors of the feathers with which they are adorned; Red is a sign of war. They also use it to put an end to Their disputes, to strengthen Their alliances, and to speak to Strangers. It is fashioned from a red stone, polished like marble, and bored in such a manner that one end serves as receptacle for the tobacco, while the other fits into the stem; this is a stick two feet long, as thick as an ordinary cane, and bored through the middle. It is ornamented with the heads and necks of various birds, whose plumage is very beautiful. To these they also add large feathers, -- red, green, and other colors, -- wherewith the whole is adorned. They have a great regard for it, because they look upon it as the calumet of the Sun; and, in fact, they offer it to the latter to smoke when they wish to obtain a calm, or rain, or fine weather.
LIST OF ARTIFACTS AND FOODS DESCRIBED IN
Father Jacques Marquette describes several artifacts and food items in the excerpt from his journal. Those items are listed below. An asterisk marks the items that were partially or completely preserved at an Illinois village archaeological site.
* wild cattle (bison scapula hoes were found at the site suggesting that bison were hunted)
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS AT THE ILLINOIS VILLAGE
The Haas and Hagerman sites in northeast Missouri are historic American Indian sites from the time of contact with the Europeans. These sites are located on the eastern edge of a high sand terrace in the Des Moines River floodplain. They fit the description (both geographically and chronologically) of the Illinois villages visited by the Marquette and Jolliet expedition of 1673. All of the materials recovered and the radiocarbon dates indicate that the site was occupied between 1625 - 1675.
Artifacts found at the sites include:
Plant remains found at the site include:
Features found at the sites include:
Sources for Marquette's Journal and Illinios Village
Grantham, Larry. 1996. "The Illini village of the Marquette and Jolliet voyage of 1673." The Missouri Archaeologist 54: 1-20.
Hollinger, Eric. 1999. Personal communication to Robert E. Warren, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL.
Marquette, Jacques. 1959b. Of the first voyage made by Father Marquette toward new Mexico, and how the idea thereof was conceived [Original manuscript 1674]. In The Jesuit relations and allied documents, Vol.59, edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites, pp. 109-131. Pageant, New York, NY.
Sources for activity
Duke, Kate. Archaeologists dig for clues. New York : HarperCollins,
Murdoch, David Hamilton, 1937-. North American Indian. 1st American ed.
Short Marquette and Jolliet page on explorers site by junior high
more about Marquette and Jolliet on site of Virtual museum of new-France
Web site of the Peoria Tribe Indians of Oklahoma