Social Studies

Traditional and Contemporary Tribal Culture Resources:

Carnegie Museum of Natural HIstory: American Indians and the Natural World

  • Wisdom of the Elders: The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation Working in collaboration with diverse cultural organizations and educational institutions, we record and preserve oral tradition and cultural arts of exemplary indigenous elders, historians, storytellers and song carriers in order to regenerate the greatness of culture among native peoples today and future generations. We share these teachings with all generations of Native Americans and public audiences of all cultures via Wisdom of the Elders Radio Program and educational curriculum materials, the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association and its annual storytelling festivals, Turtle Island Storytellers Network, cultural celebrations, and other educational venues.

  • PBS: Circle of Stories Circle of Stories uses documentary film, photography, artwork and music to honor and explore Native American storytelling.
  • National Museum of the American Indian The National Museum of the American Indian is the sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. Established by an act of Congress in 1989, the museum works in collaboration with the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere to protect and foster their cultures by reaffirming traditions and beliefs, encouraging contemporary artistic expression, and empowering the Indian voice.
  • Oyate: Living Stories "Many non-Indian people—including authors and publishers—seem to have the notion that Indians are “history,” cut off somewhere in the early 1900s, or at best marginally existing on a few reservations. To hear these living voices is to recognize that Native people are still connected to history, to family, to land, culture and community. We are still alive. We are still here.Most of these “living stories” appeared in A BROKEN FLUTE: THE NATIVE EXPERIENCE IN BOOKS FOR CHILDREN, and many are new. We invite and encourage Indian parents and grandparents, children and teachers to contribute to this living, growing section."
  • The Digital Char-Koosta News Project Published by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation, started in November 1956 and continued through five decades. With the exception of a ten-year hiatus from December 1961 through May 1971, the paper continues to publish a weekly issue.
  • Char-Koosta News: The Official News Publication of the Flathead Indian Reservation~Online!
  • CSKT: Introduction to The Salish Language (Print&Audio)
  • Interactive Map Showing Regional Native Dwellings

Resources to deepen 5th grade specific curricular materials:
  • Plimouth: You Are the Historian A comprehensive online site that builds students’ understanding about the harvest celebration of 1621, which is often erroneously referred to as “The First Thanksgiving.” The learning on the site is supported and enhanced by an online teacher’s guide, “Becoming a Historian,” with lessons that correspond to each activity on the site, graphic organizers, and additional resources and information. Site focuses on providing students with a balanced view on history from both the Wampanoag people and the Plimouth settlers. The site and the guide have been designed to meet Massachusetts 3rd and 5th grade learning standards. However, the activities on the site, and particularly in the guide, can be easily modified for use in classrooms in other states and at other grade levels. Site is a good reminder of the need to evaluate any activities you may develop (such as crafts, recreated feasts, or role-playing) to make sure they do not perpetuate myths and/or cultural stereotypes.
  • Explore Jamestown Interactive Site Interactive map narrated from journals. Must learn all components of the site to better show information in a culturally responsive way as the journal descriptions alone show a stereotypical view of tribal society. However, the journal excerpts could be used to shown the ignorance of the settlers in regards to the original inhabitants of the land. Be sure to watch the "Today, Life of a Virginia Indian" video.
  • National Geographic: Jamestown Interactive Site Jamestown and the Powhatan Indians
  • Virtual Jamestown

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