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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
The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History
This regional museum strives to collect, preserve, and interpret the natural, historic and artistic heritage of this "back country region at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
"Native Carolinians" additional activities
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.10
These lessons from the UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology's Intrigue of the Past can be used as additional activities for the digital history textbook module "Two Worlds: Prehistory, Contact, and the Lost Colony."
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The Trail of Tears comprehension quiz
Comprehension quiz to accompany The Walking Classroom The Trail of Tears lesson plan.
Format: document/worksheet
Coharie Indian Tribe Cultural Powwow
Celebrate Coharie Indian culture at the annual powwow held in September near Clinton, NC.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Lincoln County Museum of History
The museum houses special collections of artifacts and historical objects as well as primary source documents such as photographs, maps, diaries, letters, and other materials.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Sequoyah
Sequoyah
In this nineteenth-century portrait, Sequoyah is shown with a tablet depicting his syllabary or writing system for the Cherokee language.
Format: image/painting
Bartholomé de Las Casas
Bartholomé de Las Casas
Constantino Brumidi's 1876 painting, Bartholomé de Las Casas, depicts de las Casas and an American Indian in a room, viewed through an arched window. De las Casas is sitting at a desk in his priest's robe with a pen in his right hand. The Indian...
Format: image/painting
Occaneechi Indian Village in Hillsborough
A reconstruction of a traditional Occaneechi village.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Person County Museum of History
A unique collection of buildings and fascinating exhibits of memorabilia and artifacts tell the story of Person County.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Cherokee language and syllabary
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 10.2
In the early nineteenth century, a Cherokee silversmith named Sequoyah invented a syllabary, or syllabic alphabet, for the Cherokee language. Within a few years, books and newspapers were printed in Cherokee, and by 1830, as many as 90 percent of Cherokee were literate in their own language. This article includes audio recordings of spoken Cherokee.
Format: article
Native Americans: Original natives of colonial North Carolina
In Colonial and state records of North Carolina, page 7
In this lesson, students will explore different groups of Native Americans that inhabited the lands of North Carolina prior to the arrival of the colonists. Students will also examine how colonists interacted with the Native Americans after the colonists arrived in North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 and 8 Social Studies)
By Lara Willox.
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
Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum
Gems, minerals, fossils, Indian artifacts, and much more can be found at the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Colonial and state records of North Carolina
Lessons developed using the Colonial State Records of North Carolina collection from Documenting the American South
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Cherokee woman and pottery
Cherokee woman and pottery
In North Carolina, a Cherokee woman works with clay pottery pieces.
Format: image/photograph
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
Lumbee learning
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 2.4
Introduction Education for the Lumbee Tribe has always been important. After Reconstruction ended and the state of North Carolina began its journey to educate its people, no provisions were made for American Indians. Segregated schools provided education...
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 and 8 English Language Arts and Second Languages)
By Gazelia Carter.
Recovering charcoal by flotation
Recovering charcoal by flotation
Students retrieving charred plant remains by flotation.
Format: image/photograph
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