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American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources
American Indian Heritage Month
American Indian Heritage Month Each year, the Smithsonian honors American Indian Heritage Month with a calendar full of activities. Visit the American Indian Heritage Month website each November for more information on the events in the Washington, DC area.
American Indian Heritage Month Calendar
National Museum of the American Indian
Image of Native American Doll The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is dedicated to acting as a resource for the hemisphere's Native communities and to serving the greater public as an honest and thoughtful conduit to Native cultures—present and past—in all their richness, depth, and diversity. The museum’s website provides educators and others with access to the NMAI’s growing annotated Index of Resources, which includes online exhibitions, posters, video, and other media organized by geographic region. Teaching materials developed by the museum for use in schools are listed by region or tribe and by theme under Classroom Lessons.
Teaching Resources
Hertiage Month on Smithsonian Folkways
Hertiage Month on Smithsonian Folkways If you’re interested in that broadest of all musical categories, “world music,” you won’t find a better site than Smithsonian Global Sound, which contains 40,000 tracks from the Smithsonian Folkways archives. Albums and individual songs are available for purchase and download. For American Indian Heritage Month, Global Sound offers free audio tracks and videos featuring Native communities from the Arctic to the Andes. Lesson plans and student activities are included.
Hertiage Month on Smithsonian Folkways
Indigenous Geography
Indigenous Geography Indigenous Geography welcomes visitors to explore universal themes from the perspectives of Native communities throughout the Western Hemisphere. Indigenous Geography presents a multi-layered view of indigenous ways of life, and of issues affecting contemporary indigenous peoples. View the site in either English or Spanish. Includes lesson plans on teaching cultural diversity.
Indigenous Geography
Catlin Classroom
Catlin Classroom Take a virtual journey to meet American Indians of the 1830s with artist, ethnologist, and showman George Catlin. This site compiles paintings, historical documents, and commentary from contemporary experts so you can explore the intersections of two cultures, both in Catlin's time and today.
Catlin Classroom
Online Exhibits
Online Exhibit: The Language of Native American Baskets Detailed information on National Museum of the American Indian current, upcoming, and past exhibitions, including links to online exhibition sites, is available via the Exhibitions section of the museum’s website.
Exhibitions
Arctic Studies Center
Arctic Studies Explore the history of northern peoples, cultures, and environments and the issues that matter to northern residents today.
Artic Studies Center
Textiles of the North American Southwest
Textiles The website shows how textile design, materials, and techniques reflect Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures and their interactions.
Textiles
Learning about the Bering Sea Eskimo People
Eskimo Object Students will use artifacts to learn to interpret the traditional culture of the Bering Sea Eskimo People.
Online lesson plan
Tracking the Buffalo
Buffalo Hide Buffalo hide paintings tell stories passed from generation to generation recording the role of the buffalo in the lives of the American Indians of the northern plains.
Buffalo Hide Painting
Anthropology Outreach Office
Anthropology Outreach Office The National Museum of Natural History's Anthropology Outreach Office webpage features educational activities and links to information about Native Americans including Native American languages, healing and medicine, rituals and religion, and games.
Outreach Office
Camping with the Sioux
Native American in front of his tent Camping with the Sioux: Fieldwork Diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher features the folktales and photographs Alice Flechter collected to record the Sioux ways of life.
Alice Fletcher's Diary
Native American History and Culture
Quilt The Encyclopedia Smithsonian features a wealth of information about American Indians. Visitors can browse the “History and Culture” section, or narrow their results by using “American Indian” or “Native American” as a keyword search.
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