ERIC Number: ED180708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Wisdom of the Seneca.
Nitsch, Twylah Hurd
Written for students and teachers who want to learn more about Seneca history and culture, this booklet presents legends, games, and factual information about the way of life followed by the early Seneca. Introductory material discusses the philosophy of the Seneca, their view of Nature, and the role of legends in the early Clans. Part I contains nine selections on early life, each followed by a list of related activities for students. Topics include the physical features of the early Seneca, food, clothing, the layout of the village, the role of teachers, and the concept of self-discipline as practiced by the Clans. Suggested student activities range from questions for thought and discussion to projects such as building a miniature Seneca village, designing a long house, and preparing a typical Seneca meal. Part II contains traditional legends and games of the eight Clans. The legends feature the animal for which the Clan is named (wolf, bear, beaver, hawk, deer, heron, snipe, and turtle); each conveys a lesson for living in harmony with Nature. The games, testing coordination, endurance, teamwork, and concentration, require simple materials or none at all; they can be played by two players or by teams with any number of participants. The final section, "The Firefly and the Bear", is an example of a play that Seneca children put on for their parents. Line drawings and explanatory diagrams accompany the text. (JH)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indian Literature, American Indian Studies, Cultural Background, Curriculum Guides, Elementary Education, Family Life, Games, Learning Activities, Legends, Life Style, Mythology, Self Actualization, Values
The University of the State of New York, The State Education Department, Bureau of Bilingual Education, Albany, NY 12234 (limited supply)
Publication Type: Creative Works; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany.