American Indian Heritage Month
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November is National American Indian Heritage Month. UEN gathered the following resources to help you celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.
November 2nd & 3rd: 2012 UVU Pow Wow
The Native Sun Club will be sponsoring the 2012 UVU Pow Wow in the Grande Ballroom November 2nd & 3rd. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy two days of culturally enlightening festivities and fun! There will also be food vendors from the various Multicultural clubs, so come and support them as well.
U.S. Dept. of the Interior Indian Affairs
Indian Affairs provides services to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 564 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States.
Circle of Stories
Circle of Stories uses documentary film, photography, artwork and music to honor and explore Native American storytelling.
American Indian Medal of Honor Recipients
Throughout history, American Indians have been among those soldiers to be distinguished by receiving the United States' highest military honor: the Medal of Honor.
Our Mother Tongues
Explore Native American language programs from Alaska to North Carolina working to save their heritage languages.
San Juan School District Media Center
Resource of curriculum material centered around Indian Education. You can order books in both English and Navajo, calendars, cultural videos, educational programs, and more.
Wisdom of the Elders
Radio series featuring elders, historians, storytellers, artists, and leaders from thirteen American Indian Nations along the Lewis and Clark trail.
American Indians in Children's Literature
Debbie Reese's blog has lists of books for various age groups that accurately portray American Indians. (Right column under the IF YOU'RE STARTING A LIBRARY... section.)
Native American Cultures Across the U.S.
This lesson discusses the differences between five Native American tribes within the U.S. Students learn about customs and traditions and the regions where the tribes live.
Explore Pueblo Pots
In this hands-on activity, students will learn the meaning of imagery on two Pueblo pots by examining images and reading short excerpts from Native American folklore.
Native Americans Today
This lesson challenges students' views of Native Americans as a vanished people by asking them to compare their prior knowledge with information they gather while reading about contemporary Native Americans.
Circle of Stories Lesson Plans
Students will examine the complex and rich oral tradition of Native American storytelling, create their own stories to share, explore indigenous and Native American cultures and the issues which face them today.
Myth and Truth: The "First Thanksgiving"
By exploring myths surrounding the Wampanoag, the pilgrims, and the "First Thanksgiving," this lesson asks students to think critically about commonly believed myths regarding the Wampanoag Indians in colonial America.
The Fremont People
After learning about the Fremont people, students will make their own Fremont-Style pottery.
Pourquoi Stories: Creating Tales to Tell Why
Pourquoi tales are narratives developed by various cultures around the world to explain natural phenomena. Students study three tales and learn about their cultures of origin, then work cooperatively to write and present an original pourquoi tale.
Utah We Shall Remain
In conjunction with the PBS series, KUED-Channel 7 produced a five-part companion series on Utah's five tribes.
Utah Natives Collection of History Pictures
This collection of resources and websites helps to see the similarities and differences between the different American Indian groups of Utah. A huge amount of Information about the tribes past and present, with pictures.
An article from the Utah History Encyclopedia about the Goshute tribe.
The Navajo Nation
Information from the Indian Health Services about the Navajo Nation, including a map.
An article from the Utah History Encyclopedia about the Navajo Indians.
Native Words, Native Warriors
The National Museum of the American Indian honors American Indian Code Talkers. This is a companion website to the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition, Native Words, Native Warriors.
Memo Regarding the Enlistment of Navajos
This site gives more detail on the U.S. Marine Corps Navajo Code Talker program, highlighting Maj. Gen. Clayton B. Vogel's March 26, 1942, memo recommending the recruitment of Navajo men for the project.
An article from the Utah History Encyclopedia about the Paiute tribe.
Utah educators and students can download the following videos from UEN's eMedia
Comparing the Lives of Native Peoples
This program compares and contrasts the lives of early Native people's of North America. The program focuses on how the geography of the land affected and shaped their lives.
Exploring Our Past: Native American Life
Come explore the history and way of life of Native Americans, their regional cultures and lifestyles.
Geronimo and the Apache Resistance
Direct descendants of the legendary Native American leader Geronimo aid in telling the story of the Apache medicine man, who, along with his followers, resisted white settlement.
History of American Indian Achievement
Join host Tyler Christopher, as he brings a new vision to the remarkable journey of the American Indians.
The Journey of Sacagawea
This program explores the life of Sacagawea from the rich oral history of the Augadika Shoshoni, Mandan Hidatsa and the Nez Perce Native American tribes.
Listening to Our Ancestors
Listen to the stories and traditions of Native peoples along the North Pacific Coast. Visit web page.
The Long Walk
Eight thousand Navajo men, women and children were marched at gunpoint through the scorched desert of the American Southwest to a barren reservation along the Texas border.
Native American Hide Tanning
Native American craftswomen illustrate various steps of hide tanning: hair removal, hide washing and then stretching the hide as it dries.
Native Peoples of the Great Plains
Live action video gathered at Native America village, and reenactments will assist students in learning about the history, culture, and legacy of the first People of the Plains.
Reading Rainbow: The Gift of the Sacred Dog
Paul Goble's Native American legend about a boy who brought the gift of horses to his people and the significance of the horse to the Plains Indian.
Reading Rainbow: Giving Thanks
This book is based on the Iroquois Thanksgiving Address, an ancient message of peace and appreciation for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants
Secrets of the Lost Canyon
Learn about Range Creek Canyon, an ancient Fremont Indian site in a remote corner of Utah, from this video produced by KUED. Visit web page.
Sharing Perspectives at the National Museum of the American Indian
An introduction to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Visit web site.
Storytelling the Navaho Way
Students at the boarding school learn how storytelling explain who his people are and how that defines him, and how oral tradition passes the culture of one generation to the next.
This video chronicles the Pueblo Indians' 450 years of contact with Europeans and their long, determined struggle to preserve their culture, land and religion.
Various Northern Ute beaders demonstrate the craft of beadwork and its cultural significance.
Walking in Two Worlds
This KUED production explores the complexities of Native American education - both the flaws and possibilities for change. Visit web site.
We Shall Remain
This PBS American Experience series presents a multifaceted look at Native ingenuity and perseverance over the course of more than three centuries. Visit web site.
What Can You Make From a Buffalo?
The northern Plains Indians used every part of the buffalo. In this interactive matching game, students will match objects made by Native Americans from the buffalo.
Tracking the Buffalo: You Be The Historian
In this online interactive, students will learn about the culture of the Plains Indians by determining the meaning of stories told on a buffalo hide painting and compare their interpretations to to that of a Smithsonian historian.