Lesson

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES : Native Americans in SC...Learning about History, Struggles, and Pride in their Heritage

Lesson Overview

This lesson includes some video interviews of South Carolina's Native American citizens and the life experiences they've encountered, in terms of:

-schooling  (There were very few opportunities back in the 1930's -1950's, as compared to white citizens, & schools that did exist for Native Americans were seriously underfunded.  In fact, the state of SC did not support Native American schools with any tax money.)

-fewer employment opportunities for indigenous peoples than white citizens 

-regular instances of racism,in the areas of schooling and employment,  based upon skin color, economic status, and  tribal customs. 

Also in this lesson, inspect ancient drawings of ancient Native Americans of SC... these are sketches from an explorer in the 16th century, and are interesting to examine, as they show us their ancient methods of housing, cooking, fishing with spears and nets,  etc.

The use of the term INDIGENOUS PEOPLES has also been used to identify people with Native American heritage ( also the term  "Indian" has been widely used) , as they were the FIRST KNOWN PEOPLE to inhabit South Carolina, as well as most other areas of  North America, along with the land mass now known as Mexico, and the area now known as Canada.    

Duration
Semester
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

Essential Question

What is the history of the FIRST PEOPLE to inhabit South Carolina?   Which groups (tribes) lived in different regions of the state,  and how did their lifestyles vary?  What are the challenges they faced as white settlers moved in from other countries?  How did we benefit from what they had already learned about this land? 

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Social Studies

-a dedicated notebook section

-pen, pencil

- your desired art supplies: markers, paints & brushes,  sketching charcoal pencils , drawing paper, scissors

 

CRAFT SUPPLIES for a "dreamcatcher project" 

-scissors

-small gauge  burlap thread

- a  1 ' x 1'  piece of sturdy cardboard

-any beads from an old discarded necklace that are usable

-a seashell with a hole in it , or nutshell with a hole in it

-a few bird feathers, either found on the ground, or purchased from a crafts shop

SUPPLIES for a "talking stick" project

-a  stick that is not "crumbling" or breaking apart; STURDY...approximately 2 ' long

-colored yarn

-feathers, shells

-bells, beads, trinkets from broken jewelry/ whatever appeals to you, but is not breakable, as the TALKING  STICK is meant to be "passed around the circle" & will be held by several or many people 

SUPPLIES for "SKIN TONE PORTRAITS" project

-1 sheet green or blue poster board ( to be used as background)

-paint sample chips from a paint store/  hardware store that sells paint / Walmart / etc. (gather several shades of white, black, brown, tan, yellow,  red, reddish brown

-glue stick and scissors

 

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