The U.S is a diverse nation- it has been shaped by many different cultures, ethnicities and religions.
- In what ways were pre-Columbian Native American cultures distinct and similar to European cultures in the use of land and resources?
- What are some of the ways Native American myths differ from the realities of Native American life, both in the past and in the present?
- How can a study of Native cultures inform our lives today?
Native American Instruction: A copy of the listening guide (available in the workbook) and a copy of the instructional PowerPoint used to learn about Native Americans can be accessed below:
Native American Origins
Homework: Please listen, watch or read five of the creation stories; the stories available in the link below. The origin stories reflect both Native beliefs and historical and/or scientific beliefs about the origins of Native Americans. When finished please write a one page paper, identifying 1) what you found intriguing about each of the stories, and 2) where you believe Native Americans originated.
Native American Stories (shared at the beginning of each class period) can be accessed below:
Native American Culture & Music
Native American WalkAway Review & Remediation
Native American Stereotypes: Stereotypes vs. Realities Day 1
This in class lecture was completed 9/18. Students who missed class can access the audio lecture on the page linked below (they will need to scroll 1/2 way down the page to access the audio presentation. Students should use the information within to complete the pages indicated during the lecture within their workbook.
One of the main influences on the framers of the Constitution was the unwritten democratic constitution under which the Iroquois Confederacy had operated since the 16th century, according to a group of American Indians and scholars... For more information read the article below.....
Web Studies: Native Americans
Use the websites below to study Native Cultures. When finished write a list of 10 things you learned about Native Culture from the websites.
Native Americans Before Columbus
Published on Apr 8, 2013
Upon the arrival of Columbus in 1492 in the Carabean Islands, unknown to Columbus (and majority of the Eastern Hemisphere), he landed on Islands located in the middle of two huge continents now known has North America and South America that was teaming with huge Civilizations (that rivaled any in the world at that time) and thousands of smaller Nations and Tribes. With recent estimations, the population may have been over 100 million people that spanned from Alaska and Green Land, all the to the tip of southern South America. Please note the YouTube video posted below will not show in the classroom. A class room copy follows the YouTube video.
Native Americans Before European Colonization for viewing in the classroom.
Eastern Woodland Native Cultures
Plains & California Native Cultures
Plains: How did the horse change the life of Plains Indians? Explain.
California: What were two characteristics of life within the Chumash Nation? How did their culture change with the coming of “Missions”? Explain.
Northwest Natives: Additional Notes on Native Culture