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Activity ideas

Student buddy exchange

Teachers at other schools can have a structured communication activity between their students and the students at the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School, either via email or other technology-aided communication. For ideas on how to structure this type of activity see “Asynchronous Conversation Matters: Part I and “Asynchronous Conversation Matters: Part II.”

Fun activity worksheets

Provided by the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School

Haliwa-Saponi word search
Provided by the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School.
Open as PDF (35 KB, 1 page)
Haliwa-Saponi crossword puzzle
Created by the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School.
Open as PDF (36 KB, 1 page)
Create a pouch activity
Created by Haliwa-Saponi artist, Senora Lynch
Open as PDF (149 KB, 2 pages)
Haliwa-Saponi quiz
Provided by the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School
Open as PDF (177 KB, 2 pages)
Create the Haliwa-Saponi tribal seal
Provided by the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School.
Open as PDF (31 KB, 1 page)

Resources and educational materials

The powwow among the Haliwa-Saponi: Indian identity, performance, and culture
Document by Marty Richardson
Open as PDF (31 MB, 116 pages)
  • A PowerPoint presentation about the Haliwa Indian School Documentation Project is available through the tribe at (252) 586-4017 or through the American Indian Center at UNC Chapel Hill.
  • Knick, Stanley, “Native Spirit: A Personal Perspective Of Native American Cultures In Eastern North Carolina,” Good Country People: An irregular journal of the cultures of eastern North Carolina edited by Arthur M. Kaye, North Carolina: North Carolina Wesleyan College Press, 1995.
  • Everett, C.S. and Marvin Richardson. “Ethnicity Affirmed: The Haliwa-Saponi and the Dance, Culture, and Meaning of North Carolina Powwows,” Signifying Serpents and Mardi Gras Runners edited by Celeste Ray and Luke Eric Lassister, (2003) 51-71.
  • Haliwa-Saponi Arts Documentation Project videos
  • Community Artists — for more information or to contact these artists please call the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal Center at (252)586-4017:
    • Arnold Richardson, stone carver, gourd carver, flutist, multimedia
    • Senora Lynch, Potter, bead worker, regalia designer
    • Karen Lynch Harley, painter
    • Henry “Snake” Lynch, woodworker
    • Charles Alvin Evans
    • Sharon Harris Berrun
    • Howard E. Richardson, bead worker
    • Brian O. Lynch, silversmith
  • Haliwa-Saponi Dance Troupe:
    • Gwen Richardson (252)257-5853
  • Tribal Leadership (2011) — subject to change, please contact the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal Center:
    • Alfred Richardson, Tribal Administrator
    • Ronald Richardson, Chief
    • Howard Earl Richardson, Vice-Chief

Field trip opportunities

Annual Haliwa-Saponi Indian Powow
Every April the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe holds its annual powwow to celebrate its recognition by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1965. The powwow includes dance contests, a drum contest, an art contest, traditional American Indian food, and crafts for sale.
Haliwa-Saponi Cultual Exchange Day
Take part in the Haliwa-Saponi Cultural Exchange Day and learn about the Haliwa-Saponi culture while taking workshops in making traditional pottery, baskets, beadwork and soap.

Location for both events is the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal Charter School. For more information, see links above.

  • North Carolina Essential Standards
    • Social Studies (2010)
      • Grade 4

        • 4.C.1 Understand the impact of various cultural groups on North Carolina. 4.C.1.1 Explain how the settlement of people from various cultures affected the development of regions in North Carolina (languages, foods and traditions). 4.C.1.2 Explain how the artistic...
        • 4.H.1 Analyze the chronology of key historical events in North Carolina history. 4.H.1.1 Summarize the change in cultures, everyday life and status of indigenous American Indian groups in North Carolina before and after European exploration. 4.H.1.2 Explain...

North Carolina curriculum alignment

Social Studies (2003)

Grade 4

  • Goal 5: The learner will examine the impact of various cultural groups on North Carolina.
    • Objective 5.01: Explain different celebrated holidays, special days, and cultural traditions in North Carolina communities.