ERIC Number: ED184794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Coastal Culture Area. Native American Curriculum Series.
Ross, Cathy; Fernandes, Roger
Background information, legends, games, illustrations, and art projects are provided in this booklet introducing elementary students to the history and culture of Indian tribes of the North Pacific Coast and Pacific Northwest. One in a series of Native American instructional materials, the booklet provides an overview of the coastal culture area, as well as, information about specific tribal customs. Written in simple language, the topics include the climate of the region, the abundance of food and natural resources, the importance of salmon fishing, typical shelters, traditional celebrations, the Chinook legend of creation, the Chinook Jargon used as the language of trade between Pacific Northwest tribes and non-Indians, the uses of the red cedar tree, and the significance of the totem pole. Directions and patterns are provided for three model construction projects: a coastal long house, a totem pole, and a crooked-beak-of-heaven mask of the Kwakiutl people. Additional student activities include writing the history represented by a totem pole and learning the traditional games of slahal (bone game) and fish trap. Evaluation questions assess the students' ability to describe the culture of the coastal Indians and compare it with the woodland, plains, and desert Indian cultures covered by other booklets in this series. The text refers to films and books containing related information. (JH)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indian Languages, American Indians, Art Activities, Childrens Games, Cultural Activities, Cultural Background, Cultural Images, Elementary Education, Housing, Illustrations, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Legends, Life Style, Natural Resources, Resource Materials, Social Studies, Tribes
Curriculum Associates, 5715 58th Avenue N.E., Seattle, WA 98105 ($3.25 ea., $18.00 per set of all six titles, multi-media kits $350.00 ea., set of all six multi-media kits $1600.00)
Publication Type: Non-Print Media; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Curriculum Associates, Seattle, WA.
Identifiers: American Indian History; Chinook Jargon; Chinook (Tribe); Cultural Contributions; Kwakiutl (Tribe); United States (Northwest)
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