Celebrating Samhain: Halloween Folklore and Traditions
This class will look at the origins of Halloween and the myth, folklore, and traditions that are part of this fascinating holiday.
US Grade 4 - 7
Why do children dress in costumes and go door-to-door saying “trick-or-treat”? Why do we carve pumpkins with candles set inside? What are bonfires a common Halloween tradition? Why do children bob for apples? In this class students will be introduced to the history of Halloween and its origins in pagan belief and ritual. In this class we will discuss the Celtic festival of Samhain which provided the framework of our modern holiday. We will also cover Roman and Slavic contributions to...
Students will learn about the ancient traditions that have been passed down to our modern celebration of Halloween.
I am a professional archaeologist for over 20 years that has worked at sites throughout the United States and the world. I am currently the tribal archaeologist for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I also teach archaeology/anthropology classes at Sitting Bull College and am a historic interpretive guide at On-A-Slant Mandan Indian Village at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in Mandan, North Dakota. I have been engaged in teaching youth about the science of archaeology since AD 2000.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Class material will include images of tombs and human skeletal remains.
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Meet the teacher
Jeremy is currently the lead archaeologist for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. He is the founder and archaeological program coordinator for Archaeology Learning Group. He received his B.A. in anthropology at Heidelberg College...
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