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Each week on the Junior Curators blog, we travel back in time to a different place in Tennessee history. Stories may be about a famous person, place or event from Tennessee’s past. They will include things like priceless artifacts, pictures, videos, and even some games. Be sure to better understand the story by answering the questions at the end of each post.
After learning the story, be sure to share what you've learned with your parents, family, or friends. Try making your own exhibit about it, shooting a movie, or writing a story about it. Let your creativity run wild!
by Lauren Grizzard
Native Americans were the first people to live in Tennessee before it was even a state! We have learned a lot about Native Americans and their culture through archaeology (are-kee-all-o-gee). That means to carefully dig artifacts out of the ground to study. The four time periods in the quiz today are prehistoric. Prehistoric is a fancy way to say there wasn’t a written language. Since we don’t have writing to study to know about early Native American culture, we use artifacts to discover information. Junior Curator, I hope you have your archaeologist thinking hat on as we journey back in time to look at items used by the First Peoples of Tennessee:
Bonus Question: What year did Tennessee become a state?
Archaeologist: The person who digs items out of the ground to study
Archaeology: The study of things that people made, used, and left behind
Artifact: An object used by people in the past
Culture: Things shared by a group of people including music, art, religion, food, language
Prehistoric: Time before written language
Lauren Grizzard is the Scheduling Coordinator at the Tennessee State Museum