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North Carolina history: Grade 4 educator's guide
This educator's guide provides teaching suggestions designed to facilitate using the digital North Carolina history textbook with fourth-grade students.
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Common artifacts: Animal bones
Common artifacts: Animal bones
Animal bones were commonly found in archaeological features at the Fredricks site at Occaneechi Town. Most of these bones are from animals that were hunted or caught for food (such as deer, bear, raccoon, turkey, and fish).
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Colonial North Carolina
Colonial North Carolina from the establishment of the Carolina in 1663 to the eve of the American Revolution in 1763. Compares the original vision for the colony with the way it actually developed. Covers the people who settled North Carolina; the growth of institutions, trade, and slavery; the impact of colonization on American Indians; and significant events such as Culpeper's Rebellion, the Tuscarora War, and the French and Indian Wars.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Their Manner of Praying with Rattles
Their Manner of Praying with Rattles
"Their Manner of Prainge vvith Rattels abowt te Fyer." Theodor de Bry's engraving of American Indians praying around a fire, published in Thomas Hariot's 1588 book A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia. In the foreground,...
Format: image/illustration
Museum at the Town Creek State Historic Site
Museum at the Town Creek State Historic Site
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Indians Cooking Fish
Indians Cooking Fish
Hand-colored version of Theodor de Bry's engraving depicting two American Indian men cooking fish. De Bry's engraving, "The Broiling of Their Fish Over the Flame," was originally published as an illustration in Thomas Hariot's 1588 book A Briefe and...
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Hanging Rock State Park
Students will learn about the Sauratown Mountains and the Saura Indians for which the mountains were named at Hanging Rock State Park. Ranger led programs are available for class field trips which correlate to the North Carolina curriculum for 5th through 8th grades.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Shallow basins and depressions
Shallow basins and depressions
Photograph of a common archaeological feature found at Occaneechi Town. Shallow basins and depressions are shallow, often irregular-shaped holes that were filled with refuse or topsoil. Some of these may have been dug to get clay or soil for other purposes.
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Town Creek Indian Mound
In Clays of the Piedmont: Origins, recovery, and use, page 3
The Town Creek Indian Mound has been one of the longest and most thoroughly investigated archeological sites in the state. Its owner, L. D. Frutchey, recognized it as a significant Indian construction in the early 1930s and showed the site to the head of the...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Map of Occaneechi excavation sites
Map of Occaneechi excavation sites
Map of the sites of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology's Occaneechi excavations, near Hillsborough, N.C.
Format: image/map
American Indian stalking deer
American Indian stalking deer
This 1993–1994 painting depicts an American Indian hunting deer with a bow and arrow. The hunter stands on a rock in a stream facing a buck and a doe. He is camouflaged, wearing a deer head and skin over his own head and torso. In the background, the...
Format: image/painting
Museum at the Town Creek State Historic Site
Museum at the Town Creek State Historic Site
Format: image/photograph
Museum of the Albemarle
Students can explore the lives of inhabitants, the development of industries, and the Albemarle area's social and cultural background at this museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Occaneechi Town excavation grid
Occaneechi Town excavation grid
Illustration of a portion of the Occaneechi Town excavation grid. (North is at the top of the map.)
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Common artifacts: Gunflints
Common artifacts: Gunflints
Photograph of gunflints found at Occaneechi Town. The trade with Virginia provided the Occaneechi with flintlock muskets and pistols. Use of such firearms is reflected by the occurrence of numerous gunflints made of European, honey-colored flint.
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Aztec empire map
Aztec empire map
This map shows the extent of the Aztec empire before its conquest by the Spanish around 1519.
Format: image/map
Reading guide: Cherokee women
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.7
These questions will help to guide students' reading of "Cherokee Women" and encourage them to think critically about the text. The questions focus primarily on the Cherokee matrilineal kinship system and on the cultural differences between the Cherokee and the Europeans who arrived in the early 1700s.
Format: /lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum
Take a field trip to the Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum and learn about the history and people of Columbus County.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Cherokee clans
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 3.1
Introduction Hollywood movies have not accurately portrayed American Indians who lived in North Carolina. By researching and role playing the seven clans of the Cherokee, the false stereotypes will be replaced with factual knowledge and understanding....
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Social Studies)
By Linda Tabor.
Smudge pit
Smudge pit
Photograph of a smudge pit, a common archaeological feature found at Occaneechi Town. Smudge pits are small, shallow pits filled with charred corncobs or other plant matter. Such pits are thought to have been used in smoking (or smudging) hides.
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