A4 2016 US History. Improving Instruction of the Utah State Core: What can Native Americans Teach us?
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10/18/2016 01:21:02 pm
Learning about the culture and experiences of the Native Americans illustrates the finest way to live our lives. For example, did you know that one tribe lived mainly off of corn, beans, and squash, the most balanced diet you can have? Well, probably not, which is exactly my point. I think it’s disgusting and shameful that we forget a lot about what our Natives did. Before the arrival of Europeans in 1492, there were plenty of Native Americans, but a common estimate is about 54 million people. By the year 1900, there were about 250,000 Native Americans in the United States. That means that 99.6% of all Native Americans and their timelines are officially wiped off of the Earth, taking with them the stories they could tell. Yet, with all of these timelines and stories gone, one quote from Ben Nighthorse Campbell can sum them up perfectly: “There is but one secret to success: never give up.” That quote is expressed through the fact that the population of Native Americans grew from 250,000 in 1900 to over 5 million by 2010. The Native Americans teach people today through a large variety of things, but the three points I am focusing on are the way they appreciated and took advantage of the resources they were dealt, the way they showed overall cooperation with each other so they could all survive on this continent, and the legends they were taught as children, such as “How Rabbit Got Long Ears”, “Manaboso and the Maple Tree”, and “How the Birds Got Their Songs”, among others.
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this continent, and obviously trade is an example of cooperation, since they typically benefit each other. Another example of cooperation is the Inuit tribe. The Inuit tribe lives in northern Quebec, the Northwest territories, above the treeline in Alaska, and even in part of Russia! The Inuit’s ability to maintain all of this land is cooperation in itself, but it’s also fascinating how they had a network so they could trade with European fur traders. That is also an example of cooperation. The last example comes from the Iriquois tribe. Tradition states that Dekanawidah, or “Great Peacemaker”, persuaded Hiawatha, an Onondaga man living among the Mohawk, to abandon cannibalism and enforce peace, civil authority and righteousness. The tribes originally were the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca. They all united in fear of invasion so that they could all live. The sixth tribe, the Tuscarora, joined later, too. They united so that they could all fend against potential enemies, which is the last example that proves how Native Americans exhibited cooperation so that they could live.
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Native Americans will enlighten us about essence more than we would in a lifetime. What I am here today is to teach you that Native Americans were not just piles of trash that you threw away at last night’s dinner these were real people that have lived through centuries much greater than you have lying down on you couch. As for them they have used everything that they haved or came around. They wouldn't waste their half eaten meat then throw it away just because they said “Okey Im full”. They also had many ways of showing the way that they felt through all the stories that the Native Americans have created and where they believed that they have come from, and through these stories they believed that that's how the earth is the way is now. Another point why we should learn about them is that they weren't afraid to do something new that came into their lives unlike us who just do the same thing over and over.
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Native Americans teach us how to use the environment intelligently and wisely. They teach a lot of things we can learn from too.
10/18/2016 01:31:52 pm
A lot of people believe that the native communities were attached to survival. But they lived differently throughout the world. The native peoples style they lived was different. They had various and different religions. They also had a really good understanding of governments.
10/18/2016 01:35:30 pm
Have you ever been through a very challenging time and have just given up on trying to fix it thinking that there are no solutions to your problem? Learning about the Native Americans is beneficial because they have extremely useful ways to teach us how to get through difficult times. The Native Americans didn’t waste anything, and used all of their resources wisely. They came up with a lot of creative things to make their lives easier, and they were independent and didn’t rely on others to do things for them.
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Do you know how you rely on your parents for clothing and food? Do you know how you can just go to the store for items? Native Americans work very hard with growing,hunting and also providing for their family. IT wasn’t easy for Native Americans it was very hard for them.
10/18/2016 01:36:08 pm
Have you ever realized how much Natives did with so little? Native Americans have taught us how to actually do work and think for ourselves and to not have other people do work for us. They worked for themselves and didn’t have other people work for them and be lazy. They hunted on their own, they learned how to build bigger and stronger homes, and they learned to adapt to their environment. Those things are very hard to do in our society. Learning how to do those things takes hard work and effort, it didn’t just come to them. They hard to work overtime to keep themselves balanced.
Samantha Mae Lee
10/18/2016 01:36:57 pm
Imagine waltzing into your home after school or work in a warm Friday afternoon. As you take in that fresh, air-conditioned breeze… YUCK! The smell of last month’s rotting cheeseburger pie leaks out of the garbage can. In recognizing the Native American culture, we learn how to use what we have, take only what we need, and give more direction and purpose to our lives. One practice of the Natives that we benefit from is how they wasted nothing. They were also very spiritually connected to the Earth and to each other. The agricultural and hunting practices of the Native Americans were also wise and purposeful.
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Do you have lazy Saturdays? Native Americans never had lazy Saturdays or any lazy days in their lives! Learning about the culture and experiences of Native Americans teaches us how to live meaningful, purposeful lives. I wonder how they had to work hard to survive and thrive, how to effectively use natural resources, and how they were all extremely different but had tolerance for each other. Well, let’s read more to find out!
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Turtle offered to let them put the sand on his back. They put the sand on his back then put the queen on turtle's back. The queen let go of all the seeds and that is how all the nature grew. The queen had her baby on turtle's back and never saw her husband again. The sand on turtle's back only grew bigger. The Iroquois Indians believe that that is how the Earth still is today. Every tribe has its own way of life. These Indians also got democratic principles. Squanto was a Patuxet man who had a wife who was pregnant. One day a ship from England lead by Captain George Weymouth came and wanted to trade with the village. Squanto helped load the boat and got captured and sent to England and was sold as a slave. He learned English while he was there. He got captured on an expedition back to his home and got taken back to England where he learned more English and then finally got to go back home on an expedition with John Smith. When he got back to his home, it was a empty ghost town. No one from his tribe was there. He saw a village not far from his and walked there only to meet a town full of Pilgrims. We walked up to them and said hello. They were stunned to see a Native American speak English. He helped those Pilgrims survive. He never knew what killed his village, unlike today how we know that disease killed them and, never got to see his baby. The Native Americans can teach us a lot.
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Can you count how many times you’ve thrown something away? A single person can throw away 1 million pounds of garbage. But before the pilgrims came, Native Americans barely threw anything away. The only time they threw ANYTHING away was if they couldn't use it for food, materials, tools, or shelter. we could learn a lot about Native Americans an example of this being to not be wasteful with what we have.We should teach about Native Americans in our schools because they were very good stewards of the land, and can show us how to appreciate, conserve, and use it wisely. Native Americans took only what they required, they adapted to their environment very well, and they used their resources very intelligently.
10/18/2016 01:38:45 pm
Learning about Native Americans is essential because it gives us a more purposeful way to live life. For example they used all of their supplies and were very respectful, they made stories with powerful meanings to teach their children, they are independent and self reliant.
10/18/2016 01:39:27 pm
Most people might consider Native Americans as a nuisance to America. Lots of movies portray Indians as ruthless human beings, but In fact, they welcomed Europeans to America and provided them with lots of the necessary tools and equipment for them to succeed just as they did. Native people are crucial to our history because they were the foundation of America. First of all, Native Americans educated the Europeans on how to survive. I also might add, Natives learned how to handle different environments. Last but not least, Native Americans thrived and created a more liveable environment for future generations.
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10/18/2016 01:41:13 pm
“I am just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly losing its understanding of being human,” Said John Trudell. The world is very different from how it was when only Native Americans lived in America. We have a very different idea of how to be human. Native American cultures teach us that our lifestyles can be improved when we recognize theirs. For example, they knew how to use their environment and resources carefully. They also were able to be independent and to do things for themselves. The Native Americans knew what it meant to live meaningful lives. Reflecting on the lifestyle of the Natives will help us.
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Native Americans Walk away
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“Everything is possessed with a personality,only differing from us in form” This is a quote by a native showing how they felt about animals. The native american will teach us to use everything considering we took a living creature ad sent it to the spirit world.When the native killed an animal they prayed for the spirit of an animal and before going on a hunt they would ask the gods or spirits to allow them to take this creature's life. They used every single piece and body part of the animal. They were grateful for everything that was was given to them.
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Native people have taught us a lot of things about their native culture. How often do you think about native people? Native people are so important because they help us have a better life! They helped us learn how to farm also they helped us learn how to build houses if they didn’t help us learn how to build houses our houses wouldn’t be as strong as they are today. They only used resources for good use, they only kill animals if they need food or hyde to survive. When it comes to wood they used it for a lot of stuff they used them for weapons houses and fires. They shared all of their resources too, they made sure that everybody had weapons, food and Hyde to stay warm.
10/18/2016 02:19:13 pm
Native Americans are part of the U.S history that most people do not know very much about. Some people will even say that they didn’t exist! Well I’m here to prove them wrong and to give some facts about who they were, what they did, and why they matter. Natives were very smart and intelligent people they learned how to make spoons and forks from animal bones, make rope and other things from animal tendons. Some very intriguing things about natives are their self reliance. They didn’t need the white people to survive they just needed each other even if that. They always use their resources wisely, an example of that would be how they use every single part of the animal that they kill. They would use the brains and fat of the animal to stain leather and other things. They would use the bones to make needles and utensils, They would use the meat to eat or they would store it somewhere else for the later winter or storage. The Natives also only needed 3-4 people to go hunting they usually had more but that was all that they needed to have in order to kill, skin and gut the buffalo or whatever animal that they killed. Natives were very intelligent about things that they needed. If they needed fish to eat they would make a trap and catch all of the fish that their tribe needed.
10/18/2016 02:20:30 pm
Native Americans can teach us about amazing, marvelous things. Native Americans used their surroundings for everything in their daily life. When they went hunting they did not waste any of the animals that they hunted. The plain people used every part of the buffalo they used the fur for their tepees and for clothes they used the buffalo's meat for food and they used the buffalo’s attendants for rope. The Natives by the appellation mountain used trees that grew and bent them and used them as support for their houses so they would be very very sturdy. They also used fire and wood to make boats or the inuits used seal skin to water proof theirs.
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Native Americans had a rich, significant balanced culture. Native Americans have always valued living a balanced life. Balance in everything. Whether it be with their religion, the way they communicate with others around them, or the way they preserve and protect their environment. The ways in which the Native American culture live is something that all cultures should look up to.
10/18/2016 08:08:11 pm
Native people's lives have changed ours to make us outstanding. Like us they have a purpose to be here. We wouldn't be here if the natives did not help us. We wouldn't be fat and we wouldn't waist if we had the natives diet. They gave us the idea of democracy.
10/19/2016 02:47:59 pm
Native American Essay
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Have you ever thrown away left-overs that were getting old in your fridge? Wasted food is something that Native Americans would never have like we do in modern America. Learning about native people will benefit us in helping us learn to conserve and never waste. Having a knowledge and understanding of Native Americans is critical because they were extremely efficient and effective in everything they did, and we will learn to do the same. One thing that we will learn from is that they used their available resources wisely. Native people were independent and very self reliant. They had meaningful, purposeful lives and very rich cultures.
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very small, they would start bending the tree a little bit to the side. As the tree got older, the they would still bend the tree. Eventually, the tree would be full grown, but it would be bent to an upside down “U” shape. There would be another tree that was also bent to the same shape, but it was making an “X” over the other tree. There would be a door cut out out of the wood, then they would line the inside of the walls with animal hides. There are a lot of hurricanes where this culture lived, but when the hurricanes hit, they and their houses were safe because they were already engrained into the ground. Native Americans used the resources that they had in a very strategic and wise way. Native people were independent and very self reliant in everything that they did.
10/20/2016 07:50:46 am
Let me tell you a story, this takes place before Europeans, before anyone had immigrated to the North America. There were a large tribes of people that we today call Native Americans. Though all being Native Americans, they were an extremely diverse nation. The eastern woodland tribe had roundhouses, because their weather include great storms and hurricanes, these roundhouses enabled them to stay safe from these storms. The California indians had over 100 different languages. The North Western tribe held grand potlatches and carved precise carvings into beautiful totem poles. Native americans are smart, fearless, and important to our history. For this reason, I stand firmly resolved that Learning about Native Americans is crucial to our lives because they molded everything we are today. Native americans used natural resources extremely well. Native Americans had strong beliefs and taught morality. Natives found meaning and worth in life.
11/1/2016 06:01:32 pm
Have you ever thought about where we learned the things we do in a daily basis? Many of the things we know today came from the Native Americans. Understanding and appreciating the Native Americans is vital because the have abundantly impacted the lives we live today. Natives had a great appreciation for all living things. They also used legends from their individual tribes. The Indians also had a very healthy diet and were great hunters and farmers.
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All teachers in the State of Utah, must use the Utah State Core to dictate what they will teach. The core requires educators to do the following when teaching Native Cultures
Explore life among the various American Indian nations prior to European exploration of the New World.
Identify the major regional American Indian nations of North America
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