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American Indians of the Plains
The American Indians Series

Video Objectives

  1. Students will appreciate the culture and history of the American Indians of the Plains.
  2. Students will understand how some native groups thrived, using the land and natural resources to their advantage.
  3. Students will learn about the conflicts among native peoples, and between these tribes and European-heritage American settlers.
  4. Students will understand the present day struggles and contributions of the American Indians of the Plains.

Classroom Activites

  1. Compare and Contrast. Even within the same region, different tribes of Plains people had different roles for men and women and children. Using a chart, illustrate the different gender roles in each tribe shown in the video. Compare these gender roles to those in your own family. For extension, compare with other cultures around the world. Discuss your findings in small groups or as a class.
  2. Oral History. Most American Indian tribes have a strong oral history -- stories passed down through generations to teach lessons. Think of a lesson that you have learned from your parents or grandparents or another role model. Write a story to try to teach that same lesson to others. Share your story with your classmates and see if they can guess what lesson you are trying to teach.

Vocabulary Words

1. Archaeology
2. Battle at Little Bighorn
3. Bison
4. Indian Removal Act
5. Lodges
6. Natural Resources
7. Nomadic
8. Plains Indians
9. Sedentary
10. Semi-sedentary
11. Sitting Bull
12. Tipi

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American Indians of the Plains

The American Indian view of holding land was very different from that of the European settlers that would cross the Great Plains. In this video students will meet the tribes that followed the American buffalo and understand how their nomadic way of life was changed by land ownership. They will understand how treaties affected land use and the abili...

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Chapters (01-10)

00 - Play All
01 - Introduction
02 - Overview
03 - The Lakota
 04 - The Buffalo
05 - The Mandan
06 - The Pawnee
07 - Conflict
08 - Reservations
09 - Reservations Today
10 - American Indians Today

American Indians of the Plains
American Indians of the Plains
The American Indians...

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