ERIC Number: ED207878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Importance of Native American Studies in the Social Studies Curriculum. Occasional Paper #8.
Fyfe, Kenneth S.; Elwell, William C., Ed.
This publication presents guidelines and suggestions for expanding the role of Native American studies in the present K-12 social studies curriculum. A comprehensive understanding of America's past can only be gained when the history of the Native American people is included. American history is still too often presented as the history of European discovery, settlement, and westward migration. In this context, consideration of the Native American is largely relegated to the first week of the school year or to the first chapter of the textbook. Beyond that a random selection of events, historical figures, and practical contributions may also be included in the curriculum. This narrow approach defines Native American history as having significance only as it directly relates to the European settlement and political development of America. Consequently Native Americans become a part of American history mainly during battles and treaty signings. The suggestions given for expanding the role of Native American studies in the social studies curriculum are many. Students can apply codes of behavior as found in Native American culture to specific situations in schools; they can read biographies of American Indian leaders, philosophers, and warriors; and they can be involved in a multi-media project in which they combine contemporary songs and traditional Native American music with appropriate slides and film. A bibliography for teachers concludes the publication. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Council for the Social Studies, Brockport.