Multcolib School Corps Picks Pacific Northwest Native Americans Grades 4-7
Annotation:Beaver Steals Fire is an ancient and powerful tale springing from the hearts and experiences of the Salish people of Montana. Steeped in the rich and culturally vital storytelling tradition of the tribe, this tale teaches both respect for fire and awareness of its significance, themes particularly relevant today.
Annotation:Introduces the history, dwellings, artwork, religious beliefs, clothing, food, and other elements of life of the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest.
Annotation:Lifeways examines the existences carved out by each tribe. Daily life, religious beliefs and sacred rituals are all explored, as well as a tribe's social systems, rules of warfare and their sense of themselves within the natural universe.
Annotation:Photographs and text present the experiences and way of life of Tlingit, Athabascan, Yupik, and other Native American children in the villages, cities, and bush areas of Alaska.
Annotation:The story of the first efforts to save the vanishing bison (buffalo) herds from extinction in the United States in the 1870s and 1880s. Based on the true story of Samuel Walking Coyote, a Salish (Kalispel) Indian who rescued and raised orphaned buffalo calves
Annotation: Nootka -- Makah -- Clallam -- Quillayute -- Quinault -- Chinook -- Clatsop -- Yakonan -- Umpqua -- Rogue River -- Modoc -- Klamath -- Calapooya -- Molalla -- Wasco -- Wy-am -- Klickitat -- Nisqually -- Puyallup -- Okanogan -- Spokane -- Yakima -- Walla Walla -- Cayuse -- Paiute -- Blackfeet -- Nez Perce -- Flathead -- Bannock -- Kootenau
Annotation: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.
Annotation:A biography of the peace chief who ended the Nez Percé War by surrendering to United States soldiers in 1877, believing that he would be permitted lead his people back to their ancestral lands in Idaho. Includes a recipe for berry fritters and directions for "the stick game."
Annotation:Chief Joseph was a peace chief, a great leader who truly believed his nation, the Nez Perce, could live in harmony with white people. Tragically, it was not to be. This fascinating biography separates fact from myth, and tells the compelling story of a man who tried to fight injustice with words, not weapons.
Annotation:Describes the traditions of the Tsimshian Indians living in Metlakatla, Alaska, and, in particular, those connected with a potlatch they hold to celebrate their heritage.
Annotation:After rejecting all of her human suitors, the beautiful daughter of a Tlingit tribal leader declares that she would rather marry a frog from the lake.
Annotation:With the help of modern and historic images, innovative page layouts, and compelling first-person accounts, an eye-opening look at the richness and variety of North American natives presents each tribe as an individual, evolving culture, with its own history, artwork, and traditions.
Annotation:In 1804, Lewis and Clark and a small band of adventurers calling themselves the Corps of Discovery set off on a great journey into the unknown. Along the way they met a young Shoshone woman who would make an invaluable contribution to the expedition.
Annotation:The story of a Kwakiutl girl making her first ceremonial button blanket introduces activities that provide information about the crafts and ways of life of Indians living along the Northwest Coast of the United States and Canada.
Annotation:Covers early civilizations, languages, religions, arts, and cultures of the indigenous peoples of the United States, Canada, and Middle and South America.
Annotation:A brief introduction to Native American tribes of the Northwest, including their social structure, homes, food, clothing, and traditions
Annotation:Folklorist Neil Philip examines the shared experience of many of the First Nations, from their separate existences before whites arrived, to their years of struggle and heartbreak, to the present-day resurgence of their cultures.
Annotation:Describes the daily lives, culture, beliefs, social structure, and environment of some of the Native American peoples who lived on the Northwest coast of North America before the coming of Europeans.
Annotation:Provides an overview of the past and present lives of the Chinook people, covering their daily activities, customs, family life, religion, government, history, and interaction with the United States government.
Annotation:During the ceremony of First Salmon, an event celebrated by the Northwest Pacific tribes to honor and welcome back the salmon each year, Charlie remembers his beloved uncle and starts the process of accepting his death.
Annotation:When new twins are born in a village in the Pacific Northwest, everyone celebrates. The birth of twins is a rare and special occasion; they are children of the salmon. But as the twins grow, they become selfish and greedy, which is not the way of their people. When Thunderbird sees the twins fighting and arguing, he is not happy, and he transforms them into a Two-Headed Sea Serpent.
Annotation:Explores how the waters, mountains, and forests of the Pacific Northwest have provided food and shelter for groups such as the Tlingit, the Haida, and the Kwakiutl for thousands of years.
Annotation:Describes the first people to live in the Northwest Coast region of North America, discussing their culture, customs, ways of life, interactions with other settlers, and their lives today.
Annotation:On a full-moon night in Alaska, a traditional native totem pole magically comes to life. The Grizzly, Beaver, Frog, and Raven all stretch and scratch and voice their relief at being free at last. But then the first dawn light appears on the horizon, and the totems have to reassemble themselves in the proper order before morning. Deb Vanasse s enchanting text and Erik Brooks s lively illustrations make this a memorable modern folktale.
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A collection of fiction and non-fiction materials about Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest for students in grades 4 through 7. The library has already-prepared Buckets of Books on this topic that you can check out. The Buckets contain books similar to those on the list (though not every title is exactly the same) plus a teacher's guide. To see the list of Buckets, go to: http://web.multcolib.org/educators/school-corps/bucket-books .