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Route of the Trail of Tears
Route of the Trail of Tears
Format: image/map
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
Blue Ridge Parkway
Contains information about various cultural, natural, and recreational resources located along this beautiful and historical roadway.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Why the opossum's tail is bare
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 3.2
A recording of a radio adaptation of a Cherokee legend, with suggestions for use in the classroom.
Format: article/lesson plan
Native Americans and Jamestown
Using primary sources, students will investigate the role of Native Americans in the successes and failures of Jamestown. Students will identify and analyze inaccurate portrayals of Pocahontas and Powhatan by comparing historical facts with literary fiction.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 Social Studies)
By Jennifer Ricks.
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.
Haliwa-Saponi Annual Powwow
Experience a North Carolina American Indian powwow with traditional food, dance, crafts, and much more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Sappony Spring Festival
Take part in the annual Sappony Spring Festival and learn about this North Carolina Indian tribe while enjoying the festivities.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
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.
Revolutionary North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the era of the American Revolution. Topics include the Regulators, the resistance to Great Britain, the War for Indpendence, and the creation of new governments.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Canton Area Historical Museum
Students will learn about the beginnings of this western North Carolina town, it's history, and the industry that sustains it.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Graphic organizer: John Lawson's assessment of the Tuscarora
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read a primary source account detailing an English traveler's encounters with the Tuscarora Indians in 1700-1701.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Reconstructed 1701 Occaneechi village and 1880s era farm
Visit the Occaneechi village and learn about culture and history of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Indians.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Petroglyphs in the rock face of Canyon De Chelly National Monument
Petroglyphs in the rock face of Canyon De Chelly National Monument
Petroglyphs can be seen on this rock face in Canyon De Chelly National Monument. Anasazi Indians lived in this area between 350 and 1300 CE.
Format: image/photograph
Discovering our state: Post-activities
The following activities are designed to give your students a chance to reflect on and expand upon the knowledge they gained during the Discovering Our State Discovery Class field trip through the UNC Visitors' Center and Morehead Planetarium.
Format: activity/field trip opportunity
Cherokee Chief John Ross
Cherokee Chief John Ross
Format: image/painting
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
The Columbian Exchange at a glance
In Prehistory, contact, and the Lost Colony, page 5.2
Countless animals, plants, and microorganisms crossed the Atlantic Ocean with European explorers and colonists in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. This chart lists some of the organisms that had the greatest impact on human society worldwide.
Format: article
Alamance County Historical Museum
Learn about the history of Alamance County on a field trip to this museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Waccamaw Siouan annual powwow
Participate in the annual powwow of the Waccamaw Siouan Indian tribe in October and learn about the tribe's heritage and culture.
Format: article/field trip opportunity