An Inquiry into Culture,
Symbol, and Place

Use the following questions to guide the creation of the Steamer Trunk that you'll be sending to an unsuspecting class of students somewhere else in the world. 

  • What are "your" watershed's boundaries? 
  • Where do natural communities exist in your watershed, i.e., forests, prairies, wetlands, lakes, and streams? 
  • What primary rivers and streams occupy your watershed and into what ocean do they eventually drain? 
  • What human communities are in the watershed? What ethnic and cultural groups live in them? What values and attitudes towards rivers do these groups hold? How are these values expressed in music, literature, and art? How are the watershed's rivers and lakes used by people today? 
  • What kinds of industries exist in the watershed and how do they make use of the watershed's natural resources? 
  • What is the source of drinking water for the school's community and what happens to its storm water runoff and sanitary sewage? 
  • What other communities downstream of your watershed depend on water draining from your watershed for drinking water? 
  • What environmental problems does the watershed face and what's being done to address them? 
  • What threatened, rare, and endangered animal and plant species exist within your watershed and what threatens their existence? 

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