America

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Welcome to Our America Country Study!

Note: As the majority of people using this site will most likely be Americans, I have decided to take a more alternative approach to our America country study, as most children in America know mainstream modern American culture and will be coloring in many state maps in their future. We begin with Native America and as we move to modern America we will do so by exploring some magnificent role models. Again, most children, during their American History lessons, will encounter the more well know figures of the American narrative, so I have chosen to focus on others. Most will be familiar, some very while others less so, but all emulate a cultural ideal. They were all brave, honest, brilliant, stood for justice, equality, and were true to their values and ethics. If we spend time educating and surrounding our children in narratives and heroes such as these, we are sure to raise a generation of children who are deep thinkers and have strong values, ethics, and ideals.

NATIVE AMERICA: The Books

Mapping the Tribes of Native America:

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Wildlife Map: The Plants, Animals and Nature Preserves of America

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The Hopi: Make a Hopi Home

0-590-39726-5Read about the Hopi tribe in the book, If You Lived with the Hopi.

Make a Hopi Pueblo:

Materials: two or three boxes of differing sizes, reddish brownish paint the color of pueblos, black construction paper, wooden skewers or tooth picks, a piece of cardboard for the foundation.

Glue the largest box onto the cardboard piece. Then glue the medium sized box on top of the large one, centered. If you have a three boxes, glue the smallest on top.

When the glue dries, paint the entire building reddish brown (the color of the pueblo mud).

Cut out a little black piece of construction paper in the shape of a door and glue it onto the bottom story. Do the same for the upper levels.

Using the skewers, and breaking them into smaller pieces, construct two small ladders. (A hot glue gun would work best for this) Then prop the ladder so it reaches to the second story. The other ladder will sit on the second story and reach to the third.

Allow everything to dry.

The Sioux Tribe: Make a Teepee

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Read about the Sioux tribe in the book, If You Lived with the Sioux.

Make a Sioux Teepee:

Materials: long bamboo or wooden skewers, string, faux suede, a piece of faux wool or felt, paint, hot glue, cardboard for foundation

Take four skewers and tie a string around them at the top.

Take your piece of cardboard. Spreading out the bottom of the skewers, mark four points to place globs of hot glue. Then put for globs of hot glue and quickly anchor your skewers into them and hold them as they dry.

Now you should have the frame for your teepee with the top tied.

Wrap your faux suede around the frame (when it is completely dry) and cut around the bottom and top to make it the appropriate size.

Position your faux suede so that the ends come together in between two skewers because that will be where the door is.

Quickly place hot glue along each skewers and wrap the faux suede around the frame. Hold it in place until it dries ( about 2 minutes).

Glue open a flap at the bottom for the door. Also glue open a flap at the top. The Sioux kept the top flap open when weather permitted to allow the smoke from the fire to escape and to view the stars.

Use your paint to decorate your teepee.

Make a Native American Medicine bag:

To make a Native American Medicine bag you have a few options. You can either purchase a small craft kit by clicking here or you can make your own. We have done both, and both were wonderful.

To make your own very simple and special medicine bag, go to your local fabric store and purchase a square of either soft thin suede, fake suede, or soft thin leather, that is about 6 inches x 6 inches, and leather cord.  Then collect little beautiful things such as special rocks, herbs, or flowers, and place them in the center or the square. Gather up the sides of the fabric or suede and take the leather cord and wrap it a few times around the gathering and tie it tight. (Make sure you have long strings on either side of the tie.) Then use the long strings to turn the medicine bag into a necklace.

Native American Music and Dance:

Sioux/ Lakota Traditional Dance and Music:

Traditional Hopi Music and Dance:

Traditional Dance from the Iroquois Confederacy: