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Town Creek burial house and guard tower
Town Creek burial house and guard tower
This photograph, taken inside the town center at Town Creek Indian Mound, shows a recreation of the Town Creek burial house. The Indians who lived here built round, thatch-roof huts in which to bury their dead.
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Webquest: The journeys and journals of John Lederer
In North Carolina maps, page 3.4
In this lesson, students complete a webquest in which they study maps in relation to primary source texts to glean insights into the discovery of Western North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
White House ruins at Canyon De Chelly National Monument
White House ruins at Canyon De Chelly National Monument
At the mouth of cliff are ruins of structures built by the Anasazi Indians around 1200 CE. Looking closely, one can see graffiti written on one of the walls. It says, “J.V. Conway, Santa Fe, September 24, 1873.” Today the ruins are protected by...
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Junaluska Memorial and Museum
Named an interpretive site along the Trail of Tears, the Junaluska Memorial and Museum "highlights the unique place Graham County has in the history of the Cherokee."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Ancient pit contents
Ancient pit contents
Ancient refuse at the bottom of a pit.
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Mystery Hill, Appalachian Heritage Museum and The Native American Artifacts Museum
Visitors will experience strange phenomena which some believe is attributed to a gravitational anomaly known as a vortex, learn about the ancient native people of the area, and see what it would have been like to live at the turn of the century at the Mystery Hill museums.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Map of Rutherford's Trace, 1776
Map of Rutherford's Trace, 1776
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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
The relocation of the Cherokee in North Carolina
In North Carolina maps, page 2.8
In this lesson, students will analyze maps to learn more about the movement of the Cherokee population in North Carolina. Students will show the geographical changes of Cherokee land from the 18th to the 19th centuries through an understanding of maps, writings about the tribe, and the Treaty of 1819. This lesson should precede instruction on the Trail of Tears.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Haliwa-Saponi Cultural 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.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Town Creek Indian Mound
Town Creek Indian Mound
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Wayne Adkins, Chickahominy tribal member
Wayne Adkins, Chickahominy tribal member
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The Lost Colony
Sir Walter Raleigh's brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, attempted an English settlement in North America first. He made landfall in Nova Scotia and sailed down the coast, searching for possible settlement locations. His expedition was met with constant storms...
By William M. Wisser.
What ancient pit contents tell us
What ancient pit contents tell us
A closer view of ancient refuse at the bottom of a pit.
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Excavated features — after excavation
Excavated features — after excavation
A photograph and drawing of the feature after excavation has been completed.
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Caldwell Heritage Museum
Visit the Caldwell Heritage Museum and learn about the chronological history of Caldwell County from pre-colonial days until the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Creating the biased image of the American Indian
In North Carolina maps, page 3.3
In this lesson, students use representations of Native Americans on maps from 1590-1800, as well as colonial narratives from that time period, to examine how the depictions and biases of the native cultures were formed. Students will analyze primary source documents for audience, tone, and positionality in their study. This lesson is ideal for an English language arts class or U.S. History class.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Jennifer Job.
Cherokee syllabary
Cherokee syllabary
The Cherokee language is written in a syllabary invented by Sequoyah, also known as George Guess, in 1819. Each symbol represents a syllable rather than a single phoneme as in English. There are far too many syllables in English (tens of thousands) for an...
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Excavated features — before excavation
Excavated features — before excavation
A photograph and map of an unexcavated archaeological feature at Occaneechi Town.
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Excavated features — during excavation
Excavated features — during excavation
A photograph and map of an unexcavated archaeological feature at Occaneechi Town.
Format: image/photograph