ERIC Number: ED048952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Teaching the American Indian in the American School: An Adventure in Cultural Geography.
In order to teach students about American Indian culture, it is suggested that a chronological approach be taken in terms of where it all began, what it all means, and what of the entire Indian story is pertinent to geographic education for the student of any age. Archeology dates man's arrival in North America further and further back. This suggests that the earliest arrivals moved north along the Asiatic littoral, east by way of the Koryak corridor, and pushed into Alaska perhaps 40,000 years ago. Time and the new environments helped to differentiate 3 contemporary cultures in the 3 different environments in the western America of some 12,000 to 10,000 years ago: the bison hunters, the basketmakers, and the millers. After agriculture was developed in Mexico about 5000 B.C., the agricultural arts were diffused both north and south. By the time Europeans arrived, hunters of bison lived on the Great Plains, farmers lived in Mexico and the American Southwest, and groups who supplemented their agriculture by hunting lived in the East. Finally, at present, Indians have reached a stage of disadvantagement, the aspects of which can be taught at all levels of the school program. (LS)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, Anthropology, Ethnology, Geographic Regions, Geography Instruction, History, Social Change, Social Influences
National Council for Geographic Education, 111 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602 ($1.25)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for Geographic Education.