American Indians Of The Southwest

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Quiz: American Indians Of The Southwest

From the ancient mounds of the Hohokam to today's Navajo reservation, the largest reservation in the United States, the Southwest is rich with American Indian heritage. Students will discover the advanced building styles and unique farming and irrigation systems of the Pueblo People and their ancient ancestors. Navajo sand paintings and Hopi Katsina dolls are shown in a culturally sensitive manner. Students will understand the government policy of assimilation when they hear the story of the Indian boarding schools in terms they can understand. Students will also see contemporary American Indian heroes like Hopi artist Charles Loloma, and Navajo doctor Lori Arviso-Alvord, the first female American Indian surgeon.

Student Application

Enjoy this brief introduction to Native Americans in the Southwest through folk tales, where they lived, how they lived with each other and how they live today.


Learning Objectives

  1. Students will gain a greater understanding of the contributions from different groups of American Indians of the Southwest.
  2. Students will understand the difference between sedentary and nomadic people, and realize the impact of these lifestyles on their ability to thrive in The times of European settlement.
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Supporting Activities

  1. Tell Your Story. Have students work individually or in pairs. Remind students of the story of Turkey Girl and the importance of storytelling to the Native people of the Southwest. Ask students to brainstorm an ideal, moral, or lesson that they have learned and would like to pass on to others. Then have students create their own story to te...

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