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TWO ANCESTRAL STORIES

In this lesson, students watch two Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Northern Cheyenne) digital stories and then create their own story. The Big Dipper (Tsèhésenèstsestotse) tells the story of the children who became the constellation. The Great Race conveys how people came to be by challenging the buffalo to a race.

Subjects covered:

  • Native American studies, specifically Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Northern Cheyenne) culture and language in Montana

  • Storytelling

  • Can be integrated into history, ELA (language arts), visual arts, music composition and sound design, choreography, dance, and film

 

Grade levels: Grade 8 through college (can be adapted for other grade levels)

Duration: Two class periods or workshops of 60 minutes or more.  This can also be expanded to cover a longer duration.

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TSITSISTAS/SUHTAI
(N. CHEYENNE)

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NAKÓDA  (ASSINIBOINE)

BAHÁ IPÁ OWÁNIJA
("They Perished at the Rock Point")

In this lesson, students will focus on what they remember from a story and what is forgotten.

 

The story is about a place known in English as Rocky Point where two hundred years ago a band of Nakóda relatives hid themselves away to prevent the spread of smallpox and ensure the resilience of their people. This particularly resonates with young people today in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Subjects covered:

  • Native American studies, specifically Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Northern Cheyenne) culture and language in Montana

  • Storytelling

  • Can be integrated into history, ELA (language arts), visual arts, music composition and sound design, choreography, dance, and film

 

Grade levels: Grade 8 through college (can be adapted for other grade levels)

Duration: One class period of 60 minutes or more (which can be expanded)

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OLD MAN COYOTE

Henry Real Bird, the poet laureate of Monana and a highly respected knowledge-keeper of the Apsáalooke (Crow) tribe tells an ancient story about the creation of the world.

Henry also provides some fascinating information about Apsáalooke artifacts including tobacco pipes. [Placeholder text]


Grade level: High school (can be adapted for other grades)

Duration: 2 class periods of approx. 60 minutes

Subject(s): Social Studies; History; ELA (can be adapted for other subjects also)

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APSÁALOOKE (CROW)

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TSITSISTAS/SUHTAI (N. CHEYENNE)

THE GREAT RACE

The Great Race is the students’ interpretation of the ancient Northern Cheyenne story told through art, narrative, and choreography.

 

Premiered at Yellowstone Art Museum, the filming was accompanied by a panel discussion with students and artists, reinforcing the deep need for intertribal collaboration.

Grade level: High school (can be adapted for other grades)

Duration: 2 class periods of approx. 60 minutes

Subject(s): Social Studies; History; ELA (can be adapted for other subjects also)

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