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Classroom Resources To Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month honors the indigenous people living in the United States before the arrival of the Europeans. In November, the United States honors and celebrates the customs and legacy of Native Americans. Use this collection to introduce students to their cultures and traditions, as well as Native Americans' continued contributions. 

GPB Digital Resources

Native Americans Collection | Georgia Stories

Grades: 6-12
Before Hernando de Soto and after Oglethorpe, Georgia was largely populated by Native Americans. Notable individuals from the Creek and Cherokee, along with their traditions, are rich in culture and history. Their encounters with European settlers and eventual conflict with Georgians led many Native Americans being forcibly removed from the state. This collection of 18 Georgia Stories videos explores the history, culture, and traditions of Georgia's native tribes. 
Virtual Field Trips
 
 
The Indian Mounds experience includes virtual field trips to Ocmulgee National Monument, Kolomoki Mounds State Park, and Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site.
 
The Creek Nation virtual field trip provides students with an in-depth look at the lives of the Creek Indians prior to the arrival of the first settlers in Georgia, the fight to remain on their land, and their removal from Georgia in the 1830s.
 
The Cherokee Nation virtual field trip affords an in-depth look at the lives of the Cherokee Indians, from their first encounters with Europeans to events, such as Georgia’s gold rush and the signing of the Indian Removal Act by President Andrew Jackson, that led to their forced relocation to Indian Territory in 1838. Students can explore the following three important historic sites: the Cherokee Nation capital of New Echota, the Chief John Ross House, and the Chieftains Museum.

PBS LearningMedia Resources

 
Grades: 3-12
Take a fascinating look at Native American art, history, and culture as told through the historians, artists, students, and scientists in this featured resource collection.
 
Grades: 6-12
As the environmental, economic, and political consequences of climate change are felt in Alaska, the Arctic, and throughout the world, we have much to learn from both the traditional knowledge of Native peoples and ongoing scientific research. These two methods of observing nature and solving the challenges of survival can provide complementary perspectives on these issues. This collection looks at Alaska’s unique geology and the impact of development and climate change using both of these tools, and features Alaska Native scientists who are working toward solutions.
 
Grades: 5-12
Susan Mullins (Kwaronhia:wi), a Mohawk from the Kahnawake reserve in Canada who now resides in Berea, KY, shows her grandchildren how to create a dreamcatcher, an item designed to catch bad dreams and let good dreams through. The dreamcatcher originated with the Ojibwe but has been adopted by other nations.
 
Grades: 6-13+
This teaching guide helps instructors use a specific primary source set, The American Indian Movement, 1968-1978, in the classroom. It offers discussion questions, classroom activities, and primary source analysis tools. It is intended to spark pedagogical creativity by giving a sample approach to the material. Please feel free to share, reuse, and adapt the resources in this guide for your teaching purposes.

Discovery Education Resources*

 
Grades: K-12
Go behind the scenes of American Indian Heritage Month with this collection of classroom resources and lesson starters from Discovery Education. 
 
Grades: 6-8 
What does it mean to be a Native American living in the twenty-first century?  Reviewing the history of Native American and European conflict in North America--especially the battle over reservation land at the end of the nineteenth century--the program highlights the cultures, homes, and jobs of Native Americans living across the United States and Canada. 
 
Grades: 6-8
Although the old boarding schools encouraged Native Americans to feel guilt or shame about their cultures, tribes today help Native American children take pride in their heritage through learning native languages, traditional crafts, and important ceremonies and dances.
 
Grades: 3-8
This video segment details some of the clothing worn by the Native Americans of the Northeast. 
 
*GPB is proud to offer all Georgia educators free access to Discovery Education. To get started with your account, please email education@gpb.org
 
What's your favorite resource to teach about Native American heritage? Let us know in the comment section!