Native American Culture

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Anishinabe/Ojibwe/Chippewa: Culture of an Indian Nation
(EDSITEment! – National Endowment for the Humanities)

This lesson provides information and activities about one American Indian Nation, the Anishinabe, called Ojibwe in Canada and Chippewa in the U.S., and engages students in research on its history, location, and past and present culture. By focusing on one Native American tribe, students will acquire a differentiated and accurate understanding of one of the many diverse peoples and cultures living throughout the lands that are now referred to as North and South America, in addition to recognizing elements of a common history of conquest and displacement by Europeans that affected all Native American peoples.

Students will be introduced to the past and present cultures of the Anishinabe/Ojibwe people, the tribe’s original and contemporary locations, and the meanings and history of their different names. The class will then research together the topic of historical migration of the Anishinabe/Ojibwe, and the lesson culminates with group research projects focusing on different aspects of the culture and traditions of this tribe.

While this lesson focuses on the history and culture of the Anishinabe/Ojibwe people, you can adapt the activities to a Native American tribe that has played an historical or contemporary role in your school’s region or community. A related EDSITEment lesson for grades 3-5 is Not “Indians”, Many Tribes: Native American Diversity, which studies the interaction between environment and culture for the Abenaki, Hopi, and Kwakiutl Nations.

First Nations Films 
Since 1998, First Nations Films creates and distributes award-winning television documentary films for, by and about Indigenous people – Sharing Our Stories! Our exclusive programs are distributed to broadcasters, schools, libraries, universities and other individuals and institutions throughout the world.

Specializing in the inception, creation and distribution of hard-to-write television, video and educational programs about native people. Through our reputation for the creation of award-winning insightful and quality programs FIRST NATIONS FILMS has become a force in the Global market and continues to create works of excellence!

Fort Snelling – The Dakota People

“Dakota” is a word that means “ally” and is likely derived from the Oceti Ŝakowiŋ (the Seven Council Fires) – or main political units – of the Dakota people (sometimes referred to as the Sioux). Historically, the Mdewakanton, Wahpeton, Wahpekute and Sisseton people comprised the Eastern (Santee) Dakota, while to the west lived the Yanktonai and Yankton (sometimes collectively referred to as the Nakota) and the Teton (Lakota). During the early 1800s, the Santee Dakota lived primarily in the central and western parts of what would become Minnesota, while the Western Dakota lived mainly in present-day North and South Dakota.

Native American Encyclopedia
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Native American Tribes in MN
Welcome to Native Languages of the Americas! You have reached the Native American Indian states section of our website, a new educational project designed to provide information about indigenous people in different U.S. states. Follow the links to the right of our tribal map for more information about the language, culture and history of each Minnesota tribe, or scroll below the map for Minnesota Indian activities including a word search, fact sheets for kids about each tribe, and worksheets teaching words from the different Native American languages of Minnesota. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!

Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa – Campion website for the Emmy winning 6-hour PBS documentary series about the history, and culture of the Ojibwe people in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan

The Circle
The Circle is dedicated to presenting news from a Native American perspective, while granting an equal opportunity to community voices.

Tribal colleges, Native Studies programs and Indian Education

Where to buy American Indian Artifacts:

Northland Visions
1113 East Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Hours: 9:00am–5:00pm Mon-Sat Central Time
Phone: (612) 872-0390

Woodland Indian Crafts
1530 E Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

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