Native American Education Resources for the Classroom

Literature Resources & Digital Libraries

Four Seasons of Corn by Sally Hunter

Ininatig’s Gift of Sugar by Laura Watermen Wittstock

Sacred Harvest by Gordon Regguinti

Shannon: An Ojibwe Dancer by Sandra King

Children of Clay: A Family of Pueblo Potters by Rina Swentzell

Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition by Russell M. Peters

Fort Chipewyan Homecoming: A Journey to Native Canada by Morningstar Mercredi

Kinaalda: A Navajo Girl Grows Up by Monty Roessel

Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Read by Monty Roessel

A Story to Tell: Traditions of a Tlingit Community by Richard Nichols

Weaving a California Tradition: A Native American Basketmaker by Linda Yamane

Rebel Poet: More Stories from a 21st Century Indian by Louis V Clark, III (Two Shoes)

Book Lists

Film and TV

Molly of Denali (2019)

The series follows 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl from the fictional village of Qyah, and her family, friends Tooey Ookami and Trini Mumford, her dog Suki, and other residents. Her family runs the Denali Trading Post.

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Sacred Stick (2013)

The history of lacrosse in North America is a rich and multi-layered one. Much more than a Native American ball and stick game, lacrosse is a cultural window into Native American communities and their historical relationship with each other and the dominant culture.

Dream Keeper (2003)

Dreamkeeper is a 2003 film written by John Fusco and directed by Steve Barron. The main plot of the film is the conflict between a Lakota elder and storyteller named Pete Chasing Horse (August Schellenberg) and his Lakota grandson, Shane Chasing Horse (Eddie Spears).

The plot unwinds as the two travel from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to the All Nations powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a trip the grandson takes only under duress. Along the way, the grandfather tells his grandson various Indian stories and legends to help him understand and choose the “good red road,” i.e. to embrace an Indian identity.

Spirit Game (2017)

The documentary follows The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team on the road as they compete in the 2015 World Box Lacrosse Championships. For the first time ever, the Championship Games were held on an Indian Reservation, in Onondaga in upstate New York, the Capitol of the Iroquois Confederacy.

Edge of America (2003)

Based on a true story, a black educator takes a job teaching high-school English at the Three Nations Reservation, and is coaxed into coaching the girls basketball team.

RUMBLE (2017)

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World brings to light a profound and missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and Taboo, RUMBLE shows how these pioneering Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Reel Injun (2010)

Reel Injun is a 2009 Canadian documentary film directed by Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, and Jeremiah Hayes that explores the portrayal of Native Americans in film. Reel Injun is illustrated with excerpts from classic and contemporary portrayals of Native people in Hollywood movies and interviews with filmmakers, actors and film historians, while director Diamond travels across the United States to visit iconic locations in motion picture as well as American Indian history.

Reel Injun explores the various stereotypes about Natives in film, from the noble savage to the drunken Indian. It profiles such figures as Iron Eyes Cody, an Italian American who reinvented himself as a Native American on screen. The film also explores Hollywood’s practice of using Italian Americans and American Jews to portray Indians in the movies and reveals how some Native American actors made jokes in their native tongue on screen when the director thought they were simply speaking gibberish

Videos

Professional Development

Curriculum and Lesson Plans

Education World

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Education World offers 12 lessons to help students learn about Native American history and cultures. Included: Activities that involve students in dramatizing folktales, learning new words, preparing traditional foods, and much more!

National Museum of the American Indian – Lessons
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Woodland Indian Education Programs
Woodland Indian Educational Programs (WIEP) conducts interactive programs and engaging demonstrations, provides exhibit consultations and recreated cultural items, and facilitates professional workshops focusing on historical Native topics and the interpretation of Native history.  Our programs are on site – at your location: museum, heritage site, cultural center, powwow, school, etc. (use the menu to the left to learn more about our programs and workshops).
Intersecting Ojibwe Art Curriculum

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Culture-Based Arts Integration Curriculum

The Culture-Based Arts Integration (CBAI) Curriculum website is the ongoing product of the work of many K-8 public school teachers in northern Minnesota.

Wisconsin First Nations

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Wisconsin First Nations Education
Explore a rich collection of educational videos, teacher professional development resources, lesson plans for all grades, and learning tools for your classroom and library!

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education

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Act 31 Themes. Exemplar Units, Lessons, and Resources

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – Teaching and Learning

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American Indian Studies in Wisconsin

The resources included on this webpage have been selected to illustrate ways in which teachers can integrate and infuse Wisconsin American Indian Studies content into their instruction and practice. The information from each of these resources can be woven into a school district’s curriculum through a balanced, comprehensive, and aligned framework adaptable to local circumstances.

American Indian Studies in Wisconsin Resource Manuel

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American Indian Studies in Wisconsin (Act 31) Resource Manual

The Great Tree of Peace Teacher’s Manual

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The Great Tree of Peace

Basic Level Teachings Unit 3

Teacher’s Manual

Haudenosaunee Guide for Educators

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Haudenosaunee Guide for Educators

National Museum of the American Indian | Education Office

Culture, Traditions, Art and History

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