These activities are designed to include Missouri, Illinois, and national standards for Social Studies and Language Arts.
Students will roleplay a “rendezvous” activity depicting the trading activities of mountain men during the mid-1800s.
barter – To trade goods or services without the exchange of money bison—a wild animal with a shaggy mane and curved horns; another name for the American buffalo cache– A place for hiding or storing provisions or equipment castoreum– The oily substance produced by castor gland inside beaver confluence– A place where two or more streams or rivers flow together felt– An unwoven fabric made by matting together fibers of wool, fur, or hair using heat, pressure and/or chemicals gaff–rowdy fun; also, to hook fish with a gaff hook Great Plains—the level stretch of land located between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River habitat– The part of the physical environment in which a plant or animal lives. pelt– The skin of an animal with the fur left on pioneer—a person who goes before others. Pioneers led the way in settling the West rawhide—a piece of animal skin that has not been treated in any way, but dries hard and stiff rendezvous– A French word meaning “the place where we meet;” used by mountain men when referring to an annual gathering for meeting and trading. resource—something that meets the needs of a community. Resources can come from nature or be man-made season—a period of time marked by weather or special events. Winter, spring, summer and fall are the seasons of the year settler—a person who makes a permanent home in a place sinew—a stringy fiber connecting muscle tissues to bone; used by American Indians for sewing, bowstrings, etc.