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Camping with the Sioux: Fieldwork Diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher
Website presenting the fieldwork of ethnologist Alice Fletcher, who lived with the Sioux Indians. Includes photo gallery, journal excerpts, folktales, and bibliography.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Explore Pueblo Pots
Lesson looking at imagery on Pueblo pots by examining images and reading short excerpts from Native American folklore. Students create their own pots and explain the symbolism they use. Part of the resource “Pueblo Pots.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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First American Art
Online exhibit exploring the Native American aesthetic system through examples and discussions of seven principles: idea, integrity, emotion, intimacy, movement, composition, and vocabulary. Focuses primarily on modern art.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Fishing For a Living 1840-1920
Section of the online exhibit On the Water: Stories from Maritime America focused on the importance of salmon fishing to the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest, and the communities that developed around the Atlantic cod, Chesapeake oyster, Columbia River salmon, and whaling industries.
Provider: National Museum of American History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Fritz Scholder: Indian / Not Indian
Lesson plan on ways in which abstract-expressionist artist Fritz Scholder challenged stereotypes of Native American art, and the ways in which, more generally, the visual elements of a painting can express identity. In activities, students create a self-portrait and learn to recognize elements of abstract expressionism.
Provider: National Museum of the American Indian
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Grade(s): 4–8
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George Catlin and His Indian Gallery: Virtual Exhibition
Online exhibition showcasing the work of George Catlin, a lawyer-turned-painter of the 1830s who traveled thousands of miles and recorded the “manners and customs” of 50 Native Americans tribes.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Hair Pipes in Plains Indian Adornment: A Study in Indian and White Ingenuity
Website presenting the story of elaborate breastplates of long, light-colored, tubular beads worn by many prominent Plains Indian men. Tells the story of how, when, and where these picturesque ornaments originated and how the custom of wearing them was diffused widely among the Plains Indians and their neighbors has never been told.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Henry Wood Elliott: American Artist in Alaska
One of the first American artists to work in Alaska. Produced images that inspired efforts for seal conservation and document Native American life in Alaska. Includes additional recommended sources.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor
Animal hide has a long tradition as a material within Native culture. The artists in the HIDE exhibit use the concept and material of skin as a metaphor for widespread issues of identity, and personal, historical, and environmental trauma and perseverance.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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How do we change a stereotype?
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) opened its doors in Washington in 2004. The goal? Nothing less than to change how we see the lives of Native peoples. In this webinar, NMAI curator Paul Chaat Smith leads a discussion on hard lessons and brilliant mistakes from the front lines of Washington’s most controversial museum.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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