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THE VIRTUAL
LIVING ARCHAEOLOGY WEEKEND VIDEO SERIES

American Indian Textiles
Educational Support Materials

Grades     4 - 5              Subjects     Reading & Writing, Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts

About

American Indian Textiles examines the inspiration, traditions, creativity, and diversity of ancient and traditional Native American textile technologies. Viewers learn how oral history and archaeology provide insights into indigenous textile technologies used for millennia in eastern Kentucky. The program features two Living Archaeology Weekend demonstrators. Christina Pappas, an archaeologist and textiles specialist, describes the natural resources and methods American Indians used to create woven slippers from the rattlesnake master plant. Choogie Kingfisher, a storyteller and Cherokee Nation National Treasure, describes how the textile traditions of his ancestors were passed down through the generations to the present day.

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SUPPORT MATERIALS FOR TEACHERS

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About American Indian Textiles

A background essay written especially for students.

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Discussion, Vocabulary, and State Standards

Teacher version that includes Kentucky state standards.

Student version of discussion questions and vocabulary.

Discussion Questions and Vocabulary

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Connect Through Research

A short research activity on natural resources and traditions.

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Going Deeper: Compelling Questions

An extended research activity on American Indian removal.

coming in July
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A lesson plan in which students learn to make cordage.

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Connect Through Hands-on Experience

Short Video Clips from American Indian Textiles

Episode 1 video clips used in the research activities and the lesson plan.

Cultural Connections featuring Choogie Kingfisher.

Natural Resources featuring Christina Pappas.

Evidence featuring Christina Pappas.

Weaving a Slipper featuring Christina Pappas.

SUPPORT MATERIALS FOR USE WITH STUDENTS

 
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About American Indian Textiles

A background essay written especially for students.

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Discussion Questions and Vocabulary

Student version of discussion questions and vocabulary.

Short Video Clips from American Indian Textiles

Episode 1 video clips used in the research activities and the lesson plan.

Cultural Connections featuring Choogie Kingfisher.

Natural Resources featuring Christina Pappas.

Evidence featuring Christina Pappas.

Weaving a Slipper featuring Christina Pappas.

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Native Plants Information Sheets

For use in the Connect Through Research short research activity.

coming in July
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Eastern Woodland Indians Removal Map

For use in the Going Deeper extended research activity.

coming in July
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How to Twist Fibers to Make Cordage

For use in the Connect Through Hands-on Experience lesson plan.

coming in July

RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS

 
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American Indian Textiles Video Script

Complete script of the American Indian Textiles video.

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Choogie Kingfisher Interview Transcript

Transcript of the complete inter-view with Choogie Kingfisher.

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Christina Pappas Interview Transcript

Transcript of the complete inter-view with Christina Pappas.

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Ancient American Indian Textile Industries

Background essay on textile preservation and interpretation.

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Making Ancient American Indian Textiles

Background essay describing the steps for making twined textiles.

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Pioneer Textiles

companion video and educational materials

Major funding for the American Indian Textiles video and educational resources provided by

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The American Indian Textiles video and supporting educational resources are productions of and copyrighted by the Living Archaeology Weekend Steering Committee. These materials may be used and copied for educational purposes, free without special permission. However, re-publication or reproduction of any parts of the materials by any other publishing service, whether in a book or any other resource, is strictly prohibited.