Students watch a video about the myths and facts of American Indian culture. They learn about women’s roles in Blackfeet Nation families. Students respond by writing a poem and/or drawing about women and families in Indian culture.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Montana | Unit 3: American Indians" where students will investigate how American Indians were able to thrive before the arrival of Europeans and learn about their current concerns.
6.1: Identify the ways groups (e.g., families, faith communities, schools, social organizations, sports) meet human needs and concerns (e.g., belonging self-worth, personal safety) and contribute to personal identity.
6.3: Identify and describe ways families, groups, tribes, and communities influence the individual’s daily life and personal choice.
6.4: Identify characteristics of American Indian tribes and other cultural groups in Montana.
- Video: Indian Pride: Myths and Real Truths | Part 3
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of the Blackfeet Women and Families handout
- Crayons or colored pencils (optional)
Tell students they will be watching a video of a councilwoman of the Blackfeet Nation. She describes how children are raised in the Blackfeet tradition as well as the roles of mothers, fathers, and other family members in protecting children.
Distribute the Blackfeet Women and Families handout to students. Remind students to take notes on the roles women and families have in American Indian culture.
Play the video: Indian Pride: Myths and Real Truth | Part 3. [3:37]
Have students write a poem or draw a diagram reflecting the roles of women and families in raising children.
Key words or concepts that may be portrayed in the poem or drawing: nurture, instruct, discipline, protection.