Students watch a video describing the Mandan people and answer questions related to the video.
This lesson is part of "Great States | North Dakota Unit 3: American Indians", where students will determine how American Indians were able to thrive before the arrival of Europeans in North Dakota.
4.6.2: Explain the contributions of various ethnic groups (e.g., Native Americans, immigrants) to the history of North Dakota (e.g., food, traditions, languages, celebrations)
- Video: Lewis and Clark Pathways | The Mandan People
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or other screen to show videos to class
- Class set of the Mandan People handout
Tell students they will be watching a short video about the Mandan people of North Dakota and the interactions they had with Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery expedition.
Provide students with the Mandan People handout. Instruct students to fold the paper in half so the questions are hidden as they take notes in the top box when watching the video.
Remind students to take notes that explain the contributions of various ethnic groups to the history of North Dakota.
Play the video, Lewis and Clark Pathways | The Mandan People [3:22].
Have students answer the questions on the handout. Replay parts of the video specified in the Answer Key if students need additional prompting.
They were a peaceful tribe who saw advantages to using European materials. They lived in large earthen lodge communities and were extensive tradesmen. [1:01]
By placing villages between ravines, rivers or other natural geographic features; they dug ditches and built palisades for protection. [1:19]
Due to the Mandan’s advanced communities, defenses, peacefulness, farming techniques, and culture. [2:05]