Author:
Utah Lesson Plans
Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson, Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Elementary
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  • Lesson Plans
  • Social Studies
  • UEN
  • Utah Tribes
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    Language:
    English
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    The Art & Technology of Utah's 5 Unique Indian Cultures

    The Art & Technology of Utah's 5 Unique Indian Cultures

    Overview

    The student will be able to connect the artistry and innovation of Utah's five tribes to their history and culture.

    Summary

    The student will be able to connect the artistry and innovation of Utah's five tribes to their history and culture.

    Background for Teachers

    The five tribal nations of Utah each have unique cultures that are tied to the environments in which they lived and the different events that shaped tribal histories. No single artistic expression or technological innovation could possibly define a culture, but it can help us to recognize larger themes and values. This lesson focuses on Navajo weaving, Paiute basketry, Goshute botany, Shoshone beadwork, and Ute buckskin tanning to explore the cultures of Utah's Indians.

    Instructional Procedures

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    Extensions

    • Have students demonstrate one of their talents to the class and explain its cultural significance. Some examples might include Basque dancing, Hmong quilting, Sushi rolling. Where applicable, ask students to make connections to the arts and innovations of Utah's Indian tribes.
    • Have students experiment with weaving or beading to gain a kinesthetic understanding of the cultures studied.