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Native Knowledge 360° Education Initiative
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In the Spotlight
Looking for support on what and how to teach about Native Americans? Check out some of the latest NK360° Helpful Handouts: Guidance on Common Questions. Helpful Handouts offer educators a brief introduction to important topics and approaches to teaching about Native American life, cultures, and communities. Find even more helpful handouts here.
Learning to Look and Object Investigation
See this guided looking activity for guidance on using objects and material culture as sources for learning. Help students explore Native made objects and materials through inquiry.
Maya Skies: Calendars, Seasons, and Time
Maya Skies: Calendars, Seasons, and Time
Find background knowledge on the Living Maya Time website, a bilingual student website that is classroom ready and shares about the Maya culture through astronomy, calendars, agriculture and math.
The Impact of Words
Gain insight about terminology that is most appropriate to use when referring to Native Peoples. Use this resource to help guide respectful and informed conversations about diverse Indigenous Peoples.
Featured Teacher and Student Programs
International Indian Council, 1843. Painting by John Mix Stanley. Smithsonian American Art Museum 1985.66.248, 934B
Register Now for the 2021 Virtual Teacher Institute!
The Power, Authority, and Governance of Native Nations: Understanding United States Federal Indian Policies
July 20–22, 2021
This free, three-part webinar series provides foundational knowledge about U.S. federal Indian policies and their impact on Native Americans. Participants are strongly encouraged to register early and attend all three sessions. Attendance is limited to 1,000 and available on a first come first served basis.
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