The third grade classes spend a large part of the spring studying the Native Americans. This year each third grade student made a parfleche in the art room to go along with their study. A parfleche is a rawhide bag that people of the plains nations would often use to hold dried meat and other provisions. They are decorated with geometric designs (that were originally believed to be maps). For this project we used craft paper treated with acrylic glaze, acrylic paints, leather strips, and old shoelaces. The results were very authentic-looking!