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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
Youth in Action: Ecological Knowledge in Pacific Coastal Communities
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, join us in conversation with young Indigenous activists from across the Pacific who are using their traditional ecological practices to combat threats to ocean resources.
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Save the Date: Summer Virtual Teacher Institute!
The Power, Authority, and Governance of Native Nations: Understanding United States Federal Indian Policies
Mark your calendars now for the 2021 Virtual Teacher Institute from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. This live virtual event will occur on July 20–22, 2021, 1:00–2:30 PM ET, each day.

More information and registration details will be coming soon!
International Indian Council, 1843. Painting by John Mix Stanley. Smithsonian American Art Museum 1985.66.248, 934B

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Frequently Asked Questions about Native Americans
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