Native American Curriculum

  • Wisdom of the Elders

    Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. records and preserves traditional cultural values, oral history, prophesy and other messages of guidance from indigenous elders in order to regenerate the greatness of culture among future generations of native peoples.  As First Peoples, we are humbled by the wisdom of our elders and the deep connection they share with Great Spirit, the world of nature and family. We regard our elders as rapidly vanishing, irreplaceable keepers of oral history, tradition, and environment. Values they extol represent an ancient legacy of knowledge which has become as endangered as many disappearing species in our fragile ecosystem.

    Teaching & Learning with Native Americans

    This link is a handbook for Non-Native American Adult Educators. The cultural concepts and lessons which are cited in this manual have been taken from the Four Winds Walk in Balance on Mother Earth Curriculum Guide. These concepts have been divided into the following areas: Physical, Emotional, Psychological, Financial, Social, Employment and Experiential.

    Library of Congress American Memory

    Experience the Library of Congress Presentations. Such as American Indians of the Pacific Northwest and Omaha Indian Music. There is even a photographic series (North American Indian Photographs) with a foreword by Theodore Roosevelt. American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

    Washington State Native Americans

    Curriculum Overview: Welcome to Since Time Immemorial or STI.  OSPI, private and public agencies, and several of the 29 Federally Recognized Tribes in Washington State have partnered and funded this ground-breaking curriculum initiative.  All 29 tribes have endorsed its importance and use.  This site houses resources, materials, lessons, and entire units to support the teaching of tribal sovereignty, tribal history, and current tribal issues within the context of OSPI recommended units for Washington and US history in the elementary and middle school levels and US history and Contemporary World Issues in the high school level. Each unit is aligned with National Common Core State Standards, state standards and builds toward the successful completion of a Content-Based Assessment or CBA.

    Ojibwe Curriculum University of Minnesota

    The Culture-Based Arts Integration (CBAI) Curriculum website is the ongoing product of the work of many K-8 public school teachers in northern Minnesota.

    Because these lesson plans were created by working teachers, you will notice the personal and often conversational tone in which they are written. Additionally, the teachers took care to offer suggestions and helpful hints for their effective use by teachers and educators elsewhere.

    The lesson plans shared here may not always be appropriate choices for all classrooms, regions, and contexts. The teachers of this project worked in collaboration with elders and culturalists in their community to ensure proper and appropriate curriculum, based on local Ojibwe art and culture.

    Before committing to any lesson plan idea, please be sure to research the literature, resources and any classroom materials you intend to use for accuracy and appropriateness. There is great diversity in Native communities and we cannot stress enough the importance of educating yourself, as well as connecting with elders and culturalists in your region for guidance and assistance in curriculum development.

    Navajo/Dine Code Talkers

    This is the companion Website to the traveling Smithsonian Institute Exhibition Native Word/Native Warriors. With attached lesson plans that correspond to grade level.

    Indian Land Tenure Foundation

    The Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) is a national, community-based organization serving American Indian nations and people in the recovery and control of their rightful homelands. We work to promote education, increase cultural awareness, create economic opportunity, and reform the legal and administrative systems that prevent Indian people from owning and controlling reservation lands

    Lessons of Our California Land Native American Curriculum

    Lessons of Our California Land is a standards-aligned curriculum that increases K-12 students' understanding of the history and meaning of California land, fostering an appreciation for the motivations and knowledge of California Native American people who engage in land tenure, planning, and use issues.

    Navajo (Dine) Indians

    Welcome to the Southwest Navajo Indians in Olden Times. This site includes information on:

    • Navajo Food and Clothing
    • Navajo Daily Life, Roles of Men and Women
    • Navajo Coming of Age Ceremony
    • Navajo Marriage Ceremony
    • Navajo Arts, Ketohs, Jewelry, Blankets
    • Navajo Religion - Holy People, A Sing, Blessingways, Sand Paintings

    About the Navajo (Dine) Indians

    WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO OFFER YOU THE FIRST LESSON (Video, Posters, Illustrations & Teaching Guide)

    Young people (and teachers too!) will never forget this journey into Dinetah – the Navajo Nation – as they learn about how art and culture blend together with everyday life in the world of the Diné.

    Navajo (Diné) Art & Culture Lessons is a labor of love that comes from life experience, research, conversations with our Navajo family and friends, and a sincere appreciation for the wonderful people called Diné (The People).

    Utah Indian Curriculum Project

    When Europeans first arrived in what we now call Utah, they met five culturally rich and diverse Indian nations who already called this land home. This website is designed to help students and teachers explore these five tribes— the Utes, Paiutes, Northwestern Shoshones, Goshutes, and Navajos— which are a vital part of Utah’s past and present. The resources here include full lesson plans, links to interactive digital maps, and a number of other exciting materials to assist teachers in making Utah’s Indian tribes an important part of their curriculum.

    California Missions Native American Perspective

    This website was created by the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. It seeks to present Native points-of-view on the history and impact of each of California's twenty-one Missions on California tribes for California K-12 students, teachers, and the general public.

    Indian Reading Series: Stories & Legends of the Northwest

    Twelve Northwest Indian reservations actively participated in the Indian Reading Series from its beginning. For the next 11 years, the NWREL Indian Reading & Language Development Program produced 140 culturally relevant stories written by local Indian authors and illustrated by Indian artists.

    The result of this work was a unique supplementary reading and language development program for Indian and non-Indian children. The materials were authenticated by the participating tribes and field tested with over 1200 Indian and non-Indian children in 93 classrooms throughout the Northwest.

    The teacher's manual reflects the thinking of more than 80 teachers who were involved in the trial stages of the materials and who provided invaluable ideas which were incorporated into the manual. The manual was written to provide suggestions for teachers using The Indian Reading Series, to enable students to receive maximum benefits from the materials. The readers are posted here on the NWREL Web site as a historical record. Booklets and other materials may be downloaded and used free of charge for educational purposes.