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Exploring Native Americans - Internet Activity
When the first Europeans landed on the North American continent, it was already home to millions of native peoples for thousands of years. Learn about some of the First Peoples by completing this activity.

Directions: Use the links (blue underlined words) provided to find the answers to the questions.
Make a Bookmark of the hunt page to make it easier to return for the next question.
Answer Sheet Info | pdf

1. Take the virtual tour of "Scenes from the Eastern Woodlands ".
What foods did Eastern Native Americans eat?

 

2. Describe one way that the traditional clothing of the Plains Indians was different from your clothes.

 

Describe one way your clothes and their clothes were the same.

 

3. What kind of housing did the early Nez Perce use?

 

How do they live now?

 

4. What was the most important tool of the Suquamish Tribe?
What was used to make it? (look in culture)

 

 

5. Many tribes followed the Three Sisters Growing method. What is it?

 

 

How does it work?

 

 

6. What is a Pow Wow?

 

 

If you were invited to attend, what might you see?

 

 

7. Select a Native American author from these listed at the IPL.
(Hint: Cynthia Leitich Smith / Jake Swamp / Louise Erdrich / Joseph Bruchac / Rabiah Yazzie Seminole)
Write down the title of one of their books. Check to see if your school or community library has any of their books.

 

 

8. The US Census Bureau estimates that Native Americans are 1.2% of the USA's 313,914,040 population in 2012. According to the 2010 US Census and 2000 US Census, how many Native Americans live in your state?
(Hint: Calculations required)

 

9. The Seminole Tribe lives in the Southeastern United States.
Utilize this site to write 4 facts about them.

 

 

10. Select a tribe listed on Index of Native American History Resources.
Write five facts you learn about them.

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11. According to Hidatsa Indian, Buffalo Bird Woman, how did they store food for winter?

 

 

12. Explore this online newsletter about Native American Dolls by the National Museum of the American Indian.
Which doll surprises you the most?

 

 

In Conclusion:

Write 3 similarities among the tribes you explored in this activity.

 

 

 

Write 3 differences among the tribes you explored in this activity.

 

 

Embark on this electronic field trip - Listening To Our Ancestors

 

Do some research:
Identify a Native American person who has contributed to your community, county or state.

 

Storytellers - listen to learn | Indian Country Diaries

Garrett Yazzie, 13, invents solar heater for his family's home - Junk Yard Genius

Watch these videos made by Native American kids:

Royalty of the Tohono O'odham (San Xavier District, Tohono O'odham Nation, US)

Riding our History at the Rodeos (San Xavier District, Tohono O'odham Nation, US)

My Rattle Awakens (San Xavier District, Tohono O'odham Nation, US)

Tohono O'odham Traditional Foods (San Xavier District, Tohono O'odham Nation, US)

 "We did not travel here; we are of this Land. We did not declare our independence.
We have always been free." ~Nez Perce

Finished? Excellent! Harness these resources to extend your understanding

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posted 10/2003 Cynthia J. O'Hora Released to public domain. UTD 11/13

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