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A Kid's Guide to Native American History

A Kid's Guide to Native American History

A Kid's Guide to Native American History

Yvonne Wakim Dennis (Author), Arlene Hirschfelder (Author)

Hands-on activities, games, and crafts introduce children to the diversity of Native American cultures and teach them about the people, experiences, and events that have helped shape America, past and present. Nine geographical areas cover a variety of communities like the Mohawk in the Northeast, Ojibway in the Midwest, Shoshone in the Great Basin, Apache in the Southwest, Yupik in Alaska, and Native Hawaiians, among others. Lives of historical and contemporary notable individuals like Chief Joseph and Maria Tallchief are featured, and the book is packed with a variety of topics like first encounters with Europeans, Indian removal, Mohawk sky walkers, and Navajo code talkers. Children will gain an understanding of the horrific policies and racism against Indigenous peoples as well how First Nations have not only endured, but have preserved cultures and traditions at great odds. Readers travel Native America through activities that highlight the arts, games, food, clothing, and unique celebrations, languages, and life ways of various nations. Kids can make Haudensaunee corn husk dolls, play Washoe stone jacks, design Inupiat sun goggles, or create a Hawaiian Ma’o-hauhele bag. A time line, glossary, and recommendations for Web sites, books, movies, and museums round out this multicultural guide.

2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Medalist in Activity Books

2010 Independent Publishers Silver Award for Interactive Book