Lesson Plan: Alaska Native Culture Groups

Alaska Native Culture Groups

Cultural Programs instructor and tribal healer Yaari Walker introduces some of the Alaska Native culture groups.

Description

There are 11 indigenous Alaska Native culture groups in Alaska. The Alaska Native Heritage Center shows how each of the various groups lives and the traditions that are still carried on today. Cultural Programs instructor and tribal healer Yaari Walker toured five styles of homes that demonstrate the lifestyles of each of the Alaska Native cultures.

Procedures

  • STEP 1:

    As a class, view the following video clip of Cultural Programs instructor and tribal healer Yaari Walker introducing some of the Alaska Native culture groups. Engage in class discussion to provide background information for this lesson.

    Students should complete the handout below as they view the collection of videos in this lesson:

    HANDOUT: Alaska Native Culture Groups (Google Doc)

    VIDEO CLIP 1: Alaska Native Culture Groups(:50)

  • STEP 2:

    Students may view the video clips below individually or as a jigsaw activity to learn about the lifestyles of each of the Alaska Native cultures.

    VIDEO CLIP 2: The Alaska Athabascan Winter Home (3:36)

    VIDEO CLIP 3: The Alaska Yup'ik and Cup'ik Winter Home (5:08)

    VIDEO CLIP 4: The Alaska Inupiaq Home (3:15)

    VIDEO CLIP 5: The Alaska Unangax Home (2:46)

    VIDEO CLIP 6: The Eyak, Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Alaskan People (4:14)

  • STEP 3:

    As a class, have students share what they learned in each of the clips to compare the lifestyles of each group.

    View this video clip to learn why the traditions are carried on today:

    VIDEO CLIP 7: Alaska Native Heritage Center (:30)

  • STEP 4:

    Ask students to consider the information from the videos and class discussion and complete one of the following activities to share with the class:

    • Create an artifact for a class museum that reflects an element of one of the cultures in this lesson. Be sure to write a brief description of what your object is and its significance to the people in that culture.

    • Use Snapchat to create an scene that reflects your understanding of one of the cultures. Be sure to include images and descriptive words. Students can create their image and present it to explain its significance or take a screenshot of it and email it with a description.

    • Write a journal entry. Ask students to select one of the cultures and write a descriptive entry detailing their daily experience living within a culture. How did they spend their day within the community? What responsibilities did they have?

Vocabulary

  • Aleutian Islands
  • Athabascan
  • Avuncular
  • Baleen
  • Bering Sea
  • Dialect
  • Diverse
  • Famine
  • Generation
  • International Whaling Commission
  • Longhouse
  • Mediate
  • Potlatch
  • Quota
  • Ritual
  • Sinew
  • Subterranean
  • Tongass National Forest
  • Totem Pole
  • Traditions

Topics

GeographyState HistoryU.S. History

Grades

Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity