E) Can you name some of the things the Nez Perce ate? Camas bulbs, finger cakes, kouse cakes, salmon, berries, elk, deer, pemican
H) The Nez Perce honored and worshipped Hunyawat. How is thier belief in Hunywat similar to or different from your beliefs in God?
We spent some time learning about horses in general at this meeting, and specifically discussing the Apaloosa horse, which the Nez Perz used most.
Here are some helpful books you can read together or display and let the girls explore
Here are some helpful links about horses and Apaloosas:
I have a membership to TeacherFileBox.com and I used an activity that I found there to make an Apaloosa Horse Ornament. Here's what it looks like when it's done. It was put on the front of the hourse between the eyes. That's yarn on top and rafia on the bottom.
Kaya did a lot of weaving! We practiced some very simple weaving using craft foam. I used one large foam mat as the "loom" by folding it in half and then making equidistant cuts on th efolded edge, being careful to leave a safe margin at the open edge. I had strips of cut foam ready to go so the girls could practice the concept of over-under-over-under. They ended up with simple placemants.
We moved on to a more difficult weaving project. Honestly I can't remember at which meeting we did this weaving activity, but here's the instructions, and here's what the loom looked like before weaving on it.
|finished product with pony beads added|
The Nez Perze handed down stories that were important to their people. Wes ometimes call these stories legends.
A legend is a narrative that people tell as a true story. Sometimes the details are difficult to confirm, but usually the story names people and identifies locations. The person telling the story usually does not claim to be an eyewitness to the events, but heard it from someone who knows someone who heard it from someone who was really there... Legends often contain a moral or a lesson and are told to uphold the values of the community. They often involve supernatural or religious elements. What legends have you read about in the book?
If the girls are interested in learning more about Native American legends this may be a helpful resource
The girls drew their own version of Stick People to put into their portfolios. (see page 16 for a description of Stick People)
Here are some additional ideas and activities for bringing Kaya Book One to life.
- Make paper mocassins.
- Learn about cougars
I'm sure you can think of even more ideas to make these great books a real lesson in living history for your students. Have fun!