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A KID’S GUIDE TO NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY by Yvonne Wakim Dennis

A KID’S GUIDE TO NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY

More Than 50 Activities

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

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-55652-802-6
Publisher: Chicago Review

More a guide for teachers and parents than for kids, this comprehensive volume offers much information about Native cultures past and present. A timeline, sidebars, lists, maps and a variety of projects and activities involve readers in a broad learning experience, though in trying to cover so much ground about so many Native groups in the introduction and first chapter, the volume starts overly broad and didactic. In the many activities offered, the authors do not include the making of ceremonial objects or clothing, as they don’t want to encourage children to “play Indian,” which is offensive to Native people. However, this spirit seems contradicted in such activities as puppet shows, crafting a Seminole design patchwork baseball cap, sculpting a Pueblo storyteller doll and making an Ojibway seasons apron. Still, the book includes a wealth of information and activities for classroom teachers or parents creating a home learning program. (glossary, list of Native American museums and cultural centers, list of festivals and powwows, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 7-10)