Social Studies - Utah Studies
UT Strand 1: NATIVE INNOVATIONS AND ADAPTATIONS
The recorded history of Utah spans just a few centuries, yet humans have lived in the land now called Utah for thousands of years. Complex native cultures have developed and flourished in Utah’s distinctive geographic regions. Prehistoric artifacts tell us much about their lives and cultures. For centuries the historic tribes of Utah—the Goshute, Navajo, Paiute, Shoshone, and Ute—adapted to their ever-changing environment, especially after they came into contact with European explorers in 1776. Nearly a century of trade relations transpired while Utah was part of the Spanish Empire, and later Mexico. These tribal nations remain essential and active members of the Utah community.
Possible Guiding Questions to Consider:
- How do cultures meet their economic and social needs?
- What can the study of archaeology tell us about the economies, communities, and other aspects of the cultures of these early peoples?
- Why is it vital to protect archaeological sites in Utah? ] What role did geography play in the innovations created by Utah’s Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan peoples?
- What is the historical significance of the Dominguez and Escalante expedition?
- How do economic systems, such as the trade networks Europeans developed with American Indian communities, shape and spread cultures?
- Is conflict inevitable when cultures interact?
- How did the arrival of European and American trappers alter the human geography of Utah?
- How did Chief Walker’s leadership, and the leadership of other American Indians, influence the reaction of American Indians to newcomers to the territory?
- How do the current ways of life of Utah’s Native American tribes reflect changes and continuities?
The level of output in an economy can be increased through specialization. Economic specialization occurs when people produce different goods and services than they consume. It requires people to exchange goods and services. Students can complete this lesson to learn more about specialization and its influence on the economy.
Surrounded by Beauty: Arts of Native America
Students: Click on different regions of the U.S. to read about the Native Americans from that region.
Teaching with Utah History
These Utah-based lessons and primary sources are geared for upper elementary and secondary students. They offer local examples of major themes in American and Utah history, world history, geography, economics, earth science/ecology/environmental studies, and more.
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