Five College Consortium

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers:
Native Americans of New England

Indian People Still Exist: Bridging the knowledge-gap that may persist among elementary school children to show the continuous link between 17th Century Patuxet Wampanoag to Present-Day Wampanoag

Subject area focus: 
Social Studies/History
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School name: 
Sandy Spring Friends School
School district: 
Private School

During a fall unit within the Second Grade “Journeys” social studies curriculum, students focus on the 1620/21“encounter,” exploring the differences between aspects of daily life of the English and Wampanoag People, as well as the story about [according to current scholarship] their encounter and subsequent “Harvest Feast”. 

The following unit addresses the fact that although many of the Wampanoag traditions have been absorbed into mainstream society and even disappeared, some have been maintained.  The Wampanoag project to revitalize their language is a concrete and meaningful example of how not only do “Indians still exist today,” but that aspects of their culture still live on. This will be addressed in light of the fact that all cultures, including those with which the students identify, evolve in order to survive throughout technological and other influences over time.