Native American History for Kids: With 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Native American History for Kids: With 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Karen Bush Gibson

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1569762805

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


As the first Americans, hundreds of indigenous bands and nations already lived in North America when European explorers first set out to conquer an inhabited land. This book captures the early history of these complex societies and their 500-year struggle to survive against all odds from war, displacement, broken treaties, and boarding schools. Not only a history of tribal nations, Native American History for Kids also includes profiles of famous Native Americans and their many contributions, from early leaders to superstar athlete Jim Thorpe, dancer Maria Tallchief, astronaut John Herrington, author Sherman Alexie, actor Wes Studi, and more.

            Readers will also learn about Indian culture through hands-on activities, such as planting a Three Sisters garden (corn, squash, and beans), making beef jerky in a low-temperature oven, weaving a basket out of folded newspaper strips, deciphering a World War II Navajo Code Talker message, and playing Ball-and-Triangle, a game popular with Penobscot children. And before they are finished, readers will be inspired to know that the history of the Native American people is the history of all Americans.

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around the oldest sister of corn. and watch for the squash to sprout in a week. As Materials !!Soil !!Mulch !!Water the squash vines grow larger, turn them to the Hoe  Pole bean seeds  Squash seeds  !!Corn seeds A traditional way of growing these vegetables was to plant them together on a small hill of soil. In the spring, prepare a round, flat-topped mound about 3 feet across and 10 to 12 inches high. Remove any weeds, and cover with mulch to keep the hill moist. In late spring,

a little farther inland than the Chumash, and they depended upon the Napa River for their livelihood. Living in pole houses in large villages, this huntergatherer tribe made their spears and sharp points from obsidian, a type of glass made from the lava of volcanoes. They often used clam shell beads as money to buy things. The Wappo were recognized for their basketry skills. Not only were the beautiful baskets decorated with clam shells and abalone, but they could also hold water. California

fought in World War II, integrated into other units. At home, more than 40,000 Native Americans supported the United States by leaving the reservations to work in wartime industries. For many Native American men, military service has allowed them to be warriors again. It also allowed Native Americans and nonnative Americans to work together to defend the United States. According to Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a Cheyenne who served in Korea, “There was a camaraderie [in the Air Force] that

Choctaw had a thriving agricultural culture in place. Northeast of Philadelphia, Mississippi, a large rectangular mound stands 25 feet high. The 218-foot-long, 140-foot-wide mound is called Nanih Waiya, which is Choctaw for “Leaning Hill.” Some scholars believe the spelling is actually “Nanih Waya,” which would change the meaning to “Fruitful Hill” or “Productive Hill.” Nearby pottery shards indicate the mound was created around 100 a.d., but according to Cushman’s account of Choctaw history, the

339,421 313,712 306,543 248,253 237,196 265,683 244,437 332,397 333,969 377,273* 551,669 827,268 1,420,400 1,959,234 compared to 1950. Why is that? The map shows the density of the Native American population in the year 2000. What does the map tell you? Research the Native American population of your state for the past 100 years. What kind of trends do you see? Can you explain the changes in numbers? * Beginning in 1950, includes Alaskan Natives Sources: U.S. Census Office, Indians Taxed and

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