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oral history
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Excavating Occaneechi Town: An archaeology primer
Republished with permission from the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, the Archaeology Primer uses photographs of the excavations at Occaneechi Town to introduce fundamental concepts of archaeology. The primer provides an introduction to the methods of archaeology and to some common types of artifacts, and prepares students to participate in an electronic archaeological dig.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
We have a story to tell: Native peoples of the Chesapeake region
Readings and lesson plans exploring the historical and ongoing challenges faced by the American Indians of the Chesapeake Bay region, since the time of their first contact with Europeans in the early 1600s.
Format: series (multiple pages)
North Carolina American Indian stories
In this lesson students will select and read stories from some of the North Carolina American Indian tribes. They will compare and contrast two stories of their choice and complete a Venn diagram. Students will use the information on the Venn diagram to write three paragraphs. After reading several American Indian tales or legends, students will then create their own legend using the narrative writing process.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Janice Gardner.
The Museum of the Native American Resource Center
The exhibits on display at this museum include prehistoric tools and weapons, 19th century Lumbee artifacts, contemporary Indian art and items which represent Native Americans from all over North America.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Oconaluftee Indian Village
A model of a Cherokee Indian Village from over 250 years ago with guides in native costume to answer questions and explain their heritage.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Teaching about North Carolina American Indians
This web edition is drawn from a teachers institute curriculum enrichment project on North Carolina American Indian Studies conducted by the North Carolina Humanities Council. Resources include best practices for teaching about American Indians, suggestions for curriculum integration, webliographies, and lesson plans about North Carolina American Indians.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Meherrin Indian Tribe powwow
Attend a powwow and see demonstrations of Meherrin Indian culture through dance, a drum competition, pottery, and beading.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Town Creek Indian Mound (NC Historic Site)
This site provided by the North Carolina Division of Archives and History contains information about visiting Town Creek, a section on Montgomery County and the vicinity, a Native American Cultural Synopsis, and a section on the Pee Dee Culture.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Indian Museum of the Carolinas
This Native American museum features the Indians of the past, present day Indian groups and Indians of North America.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Coharie Indian Tribe Cultural Powwow
Celebrate Coharie Indian culture at the annual powwow held in September near Clinton, NC.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Occaneechi Indian Village in Hillsborough
A reconstruction of a traditional Occaneechi village.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Occaneechi School Days
Attend the annual School Days at the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation tribal land and learn about the culture, history, and traditions of this Indian tribe.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Wigwam construction
Wigwam construction
The frame that provides the structure of a wigwam. A wigwam is a traditional house made by some American Indian groups, consisting of a round wooden frame covered with mats or tree bark. This photograph was taken at the Wolf Creek Indian Village in Virginia.
Format: image/photograph
Map of Indian villages
Map of Indian villages
Map of historic Indian villages in North Carolina.
Format: image/map
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Official site of the museum of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
20th-century warfare: Unique contributions of American Indians
In this lesson, high school students will assess the importance and contributions of the American Indian in the United States' twentieth century wars. They focus in particular on the Navajo Code Talkers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 Social Studies)
By John B. Jones.
Cherokee County Historical Museum
Students can see artifacts, books, papers, photographs, and other materials significant to the history, culture, and heritage of Cherokee County, NC.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Reading guide: Native peoples of the Chesapeake region
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.8
This worksheet will help students understand the article "Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region" and will encourage them to make connections between the Chesapeake Indians and the Indians of coastal North Carolina. Students will also consider multiple perspectives as they think critically about the interactions between Indians and newly-arrived Europeans in the 1600s.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The Trail of Tears
The Walking Classroom kids discuss the history of the Trail of Tears and its aftermath. Mrs. Fenn joins them to share a Cherokee story-tellers’ observations and to discuss why the Cherokee from North Carolina were not forced onto Indian Territory, but allowed...
Format: audio/podcast
Clay County Historical and Arts Museum
Visit the red brick jailhouse that has been turned into a museum and exhibit space by the Clay County Historical and Arts Council.
Format: article/field trip opportunity