Native American History for Kids with 21 Activities

Native American History for Kids with 21 Activities

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by Karen Bush Gibson
     
 

As the first Americans, hundreds of indigenous bands and nations already lived in North America when European explorers first set out to conquer an inhabited land. This book captures the early history of these complex societies and their 500-year struggle to survive against all odds from war, displacement, broken treaties, and boarding schools. Not only a history

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As the first Americans, hundreds of indigenous bands and nations already lived in North America when European explorers first set out to conquer an inhabited land. This book captures the early history of these complex societies and their 500-year struggle to survive against all odds from war, displacement, broken treaties, and boarding schools. Not only a history of tribal nations, Native American History for Kids also includes profiles of famous Native Americans and their many contributions, from early leaders to superstar athlete Jim Thorpe, dancer Maria Tallchief, astronaut John Herrington, author Sherman Alexie, actor Wes Studi, and more.

            Readers will also learn about Indian culture through hands-on activities, such as planting a Three Sisters garden (corn, squash, and beans), making beef jerky in a low-temperature oven, weaving a basket out of folded newspaper strips, deciphering a World War II Navajo Code Talker message, and playing Ball-and-Triangle, a game popular with Penobscot children. And before they are finished, readers will be inspired to know that the history of the Native American people is the history of all Americans.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
From the opening paragraphs describing the first glimpse of Mesa Verde by a white man to the biographical sketches of famous contemporary Native Americans, this excellent book reads more like a compelling novel than it does like a history. Tracing the timeline from the Paleo-Indian era to the present day, the author presents a comprehensive overview of the story of selected groups of the over 500 separate nations recognized by the government today. Sidebars throughout the book highlight significant events, people, and achievements, and hands on activities geared toward younger readers are interspersed with the histories. The brutality of the treatment of Native Americans by the government, the routine breaking of treaties, the forced exile to reservations, and the incarceration of children in boarding schools are all discussed in fairly horrifying detail but without sentimentality. Despite the shameful treatment of the native peoples in general, the triumph of many individuals is celebrated. This book would be an excellent text to use along with other books that relate the history of the United States in order to provide contrasting points of view. Nice features include a glossary, an index, a bibliography including websites, and suggestions for celebrating one's heritage. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
School Library Journal
Gr 5�8—In an attractive format containing eight chapters, the text of this comprehensive look at Native tribes covers origin theories, Southwestern tribes, East Coast tribes, participation in Anglo wars, the Plains Indians, the destruction of the Native American cultures, and the resurgence of tribal rights and cultural pride. Each chapter contains a lucid summation of the topic under consideration, augmented with black-and-white illustrations and a craft or project tied into the subject matter. For example, "Fighting the White Man's Wars" discusses the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the war history of the nations of the Southeast. Sidebars cover the origin of scalping, Native American slavery, and brief biographies of notable individuals. The project for this chapter gives step-by-step instructions for constructing a model trading post. The background and instructions for all projects are admirably clear and well laid out for either students working alone or for class projects. This title is particularly well suited for classroom use. It is an excellent introduction to a vast and often ignored history.—Ann Welton, Helen B. Stafford Elementary School, Tacoma, WA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569762806
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Series:
For Kids Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,325,267
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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