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Native Life and Food: Food Is More Than Just What We Eat

NK360° Helpful Handouts: Guidance on Common Questions provide a brief introduction to teachers about important topics regarding Native American life, cultures, and communities. Native Life and Food: Food Is More Than Just What We Eat explores Indigenous relationships with food. Use this guide to discuss the continuing legacies of sustainable Native food practices. Culturally sensitive activities and resources related to Indigenous foods are provided.

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grades   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Quechua, Muckleshoot
Environmental Science, Social Studies, STEM, History
foods, sovereignty, food sovereignty, fish, crops, farming, sustainable, culturally sensitive, trade, trade routes, environment, Indigenous, Native foods, traditional foods
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3: People, Places, and Environments
Long before their contact with Europeans, indigenous people populated the Americas and were successful stewards and managers of the land, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. European contact resulted in exposure to Old World diseases, displacement, and wars, devastating the underlying foundations of American Indian societies.

7: Production, Distribution, and Consumption
American Indians traded, exchanged, gifted, and negotiated the purchase of goods, foods, technologies, domestic animals, ideas, and cultural practices with one another.