Firsthand Experiences on American Indian Tribal Traditions

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Fifth-graders at Shore Road School experienced traditional songs, stories and games customary to American Indians when the Journeys into American Indian Territory program visited the students for two days to teach the history of the American Indian people and their importance in the United States. The program, working in tandem with the New York State Common Core history curriculum, places an emphasis on confronting stereotypes and offering other understandings of Native Americans in history.
    
Focusing specifically on the Plains Indians, the students had the opportunity to see the building of a teepee, play games, visit a museum-like room filled with artifacts and participate in an arts and crafts program to conclude the program. The Plains Indian program was a follow-up to the Eastern Woodland Indian program the students enjoyed as fourth-graders at Winthrop Avenue.