Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Native American Books

Daily Life in a Plains Indian Village 1868 - The text is above C's level, but the pictures led to discussion anyway. I read and explained in 4 year old terms how the Plains Indians lived, what their family roles were, their food, jobs, etc. This is a really good book, they have awesome pictures of so many things that their life involved.

How Thunder and Lightning Came To Be - This is a Choctaw story and I was so excited that I found it at the library. We are part Choctaw (a small part, but a part nonetheless.) So, it was fun to read this to C, it's also a cute story.

Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Ankle Bells

While watching the dancing at the pow wow last Sunday, C loved the bells that some of the dancers had, so today we made her a pair. This was really simple. I just used some ribbon and bells I had on hand, and voila! Ankle bells. (Guess I could have taken the loops of the bells, lol. The bells I had found on sale a while ago, at a craft store in the wedding section.) She's dancing to Native American music as I write this. =)
Example of pow wow dancing where you can hear their bells:

Monday, August 17, 2009

"Before the White Man Came"

I found this treasure of a book at a Friends of the Library Sale while visiting my grandparents. I wish the whole set had been there. Maybe someday I'll find it. It is *. History of America told through narrative stories. Awesome find. =) We read the first poem, "Indian Children," and the first story, "Before the White Man Came." We also read another book called Dragonfly's Tale by Kristina Rodanas. Then we watched a few youtube videos with Native American music: