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ERIC Number: ED032173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May
Pages: 215
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Teaching Eskimo Culture to Eskimo Students: A Special Program for Secondary Schools in Bristol Bay.
Holthaus, Gary H.
Eskimo youth in Bristol Bay, Alaska, caught between the clash of native and white cultures, have difficulty identifying with either culture. The curriculum in Indian schools in the area, geared primarily to white middle-class standards, is not relevant to the students, Textbooks and standardized tests, based on experiences common to a white culture, hold little meaning for Eskimo students. Teachers unfamiliar with Eskimo traditions and culture are unable to understand or communicate with the native people. Since the existing curriculum in Bristol Bay schools ignores the students' cultural background, the author considers the creation of a unified multi-semester social studies curriculum about the native heritage as a method of dealing with students' problems. This paper, as a first step in creating such a curriculum, can serve as a source material for information about the Bristol Bay area, and is directed toward the development of a one semester secondary level course in native history and culture. A major portion of the paper consists of material about the history, geography, anthropology, archaeology, language (Eskimo and Aleut), and folklore of the area. The concluding chapters contain a suggested course outline, sample lesson plans, and a list of native resource persons. [Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.] (TL)
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Identifiers: Alaska; Aleut (Tribe); Bristol Bay