Anchorage School District
Loading
 
   

Title VII, Indian Education Program

An education on Thanksgiving

There are conflicting opinions on Thanksgiving and the historical contexts that relate to this national holiday. The bottom line of the matter, especially when it comes to education, is presenting the most unbiased and culturally responsive information for our students. We have compiled information resources below for educators to use when planning for activities regarding Thanksgiving.

Explore the truths and myths of Thanksgiving with these resourcesThese links will open in a new window

Destructing the Myths of the “First Thanksgiving”
By Judy Dow and Beverly Slapin

Teaching About Thanksgiving
By Dr. Frank B. Brouillet, Cheryl Chow, Warren H. Burton, and Dr. Willard E. Bill
Originally produced by Cathy Ross, Mary Robertson, Chuck Larsen, and Roger Fernandes

The History of the Plymouth Plantation
Excerpts from William Bradford’s journal, c.1650

Other resources

Web resourcesThese links will open in a new window

The American Indian Experience
A great Web site for educators with information and lesson plans for a variety of topics. Some information is member-only, but you can sign-up for a 30 day trial to access that information.

Plimoth Plantation
An interactive Web site for educators and students. Information is based on history and research. There is a great online learning center for students to explore.

The Wampanoag
Information and interactive presentations about Wampanoag culture, history, and heritage.

Web sites for educators with lesson plans that are culturally sensitive and other resources:

Educational resources

Thanksgiving: A Native Perspective

Thanksgiving: A Native Perspective
Seale, Doris, Beverly Slapin, and Carolyn Silverman, eds.
Berkeley: Oyate, 1998

A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children

A Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children
Seale, Doris, and Beverly Slapin, eds.,
Oyate, 2005

Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children

Through Indian Eyes: The Native Experience in Books for Children
Slapin, Beverly, and Doris Seale, eds.
Oyate, 1992

Read the PDF now The World of the Wampanoag: The Indians Who Met the Pilgrims
Written by Grace Arai, Resource Teacher, ASD Indian Education Program
October 1993
Shim

Books

These can all be found within the district - most are located within the Title VII Indian Education Resource Library and at various school sites. Check the WebCat library catalog to find a copy at a school near you or stop by Title VII library at the ASD Education Center.

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving
Bruchac, Margaret M. and Catherine Grace O’Neill
Washington, D.C. National Geographic Society, 2001
Read description »

Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnegabo Tradition

Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition
Hunter, Sally M.
Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1997
Read description »

Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition

Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition
Peters, Russell M.
Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1992
Read description »

The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering

The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering
Regguinti, Gordo
Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1992
Read description »

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
Swamp, Jake
New York: Lee & Low, 1995
Read description »

Ininatig’s Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking Ininatig’s Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking
Wittstock, Laura Waterman
Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1993
Read description »
 
A link to Amazon.com is provided here in order to read a description of the text; however ASD does not specifically endorse Amazon.

 

Related materials

The Title VII Indian Education Program also has regalia that can be checked out through the resource library. Visit the ASD Education Center to browse the collection.

 


Curriculum Department
spacer
spacer