I spent some time today searching out resources for a boy who wants to learn about Native Americans – particularly the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy. I had such fun finding links, and though I’m not finished by any stretch, I thought, why not share what I’ve found with everyone?
Extra History has a two-part video (Part One, Part Two) on Hiawatha and the formation of the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois Confederacy that’s actually pretty good. The videos are sponsored by a game called Dominations, but the plug for them only lasts for a few seconds toward the beginning of the first video.
PBS produced a video that covers some of the same information but comes at it from a more story-like, almost mythical, perspective. The imagery is a bit darker than in the Extra History videos and might be worth a parental-preview to see if it’s suitable before showing it to children.
Here’s a great video of a dynamic presenter at a middle school talking about whether to use the term Iroquois or Haudenosaunee.
Here’s one on the Haudenosaunee creation myth. Every video I looked at told of a different reason for Sky Woman’s fall, but I thought this one was extremely well produced.
And now, it’s time for today’s resources! These have been added into the slowly-evolving Resource Center. Yes, it’s changed again. I finally discovered how to create separate pages for the four different types of resources and gather them under the same umbrella. (In case you haven’t yet guessed, I tend to bumble my way around WordPress until things look, well, sorta okay. It takes a while, but it’s probably somewhat entertaining for anyone watching.) I also added icons to show off local resources (there’s one below).
The first resource is great fun, and I probably spent a little too much time scrolling and laughing. The Getty Museum has challenged those of us at home to recreate great works of art, and their Twitter feed is filled with both silly and surprisingly spot-on examples. What work of art can you recreate?
And now for the kids:
ArtisTree Community Arts Center – ArtisTree in Woodstock, VT has created a YouTube Channel with art projects, including a reading of Frederick by Leo Lionni followed by collage creation inspired by the illustrations!
Fingerprint Alphabet Art – What a cute art project! Use your fingerprint to create a picture for every letter of the alphabet: dogs and jellyfish and unicorns – oh, my!
Stay well, everyone!