These lessons will be taught near the beginning of a semester long study of Native Americans in Southern New England. Students will be introduced to some of the tribal nations in Southern New England, including Wampanoag, Narragansett, Niantic, Nipmuc and Mohegan. By examining and discussing photographs and images on their tribal websites an other social media, students will have the opportunity to reconsider many preconceptions they may have about Native Americans today. Students will learn about Strawberry Thanksgiving using the children's book Strawberry Thanksgiving written by Paulla Dove Jennings (Niantic and Narragansett) and illustrated by Ramona Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag). These lessons will serve as a reference point throughout the study as we consider aspects of culture and tradition in contemporary native communities.
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