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2 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students will understand the importance of the circle in Native American Indian culture. Students will learn about seasons and ceremonies, the medicine wheel, the cycle of life and the cycle of song.
Teachers need to read and understand the power of the circle in Native American culture. As stated by Black Elk, a holy man of the Oglala Lakota Sioux: "Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the Earth the round like a ball, and so are the stars. The wind in its greatest powers whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves." P. 5 (Keepers of the Animals)
Students will deepen and expand their knowledge about the significance of the circle in relation to Native American culture. Prior knowledge form the core curriculum lessons include: the four seasons, the solar system, life cycles of birth through death, and holiday cycles.
Setting the Stage
The Rock and The Eagle Speaks
All is a circle and a hoop within me.
If I speak in the language you taught me
I am all but one.
Look inside the circle and the hoop
You will see your relation and nations.
Your relation to the four legged
And the two legged
And the winged ones
And to the mother earth
The grandfather sun
The grandmother moon
The direction and the sacred seasons.
And the universe
You will find love for your relation.
Look further inside the sacred circle
And the sacred hoop
In the center of the circle and the hoop
You will feel the spirit
Of the great creator
He is in the center of everything
Learn about what you are
By observing what you are not.
A Circle and Hoop Within Me
Bear Boy Ute Spiritual Leader
Examples of other cycles that are part of the core curriculum that can be taught to students include: