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We Have a Story to Tell: Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region

We Have a Story to Tell: Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region is intended for use with students in grades 9–12. It provides information and primary source materials related to key periods and events in the history of the Algonquian communities of the Chesapeake Bay region. It also guides students through an in-depth examination of contemporary issues that are important to these communities' survival.

Resource Information

grades   9 10 11 12
Chickahominy, Mattaponi, Monacan, Nansemond, Nanticoke, Pamunkey, Piscataway, Rappahannock
English Language Arts, Government & Civics, History, Social Studies
Eastern Woodlands, North America, Northeast
Chesapeake, civil rights, culture, survival, treaties, race, racism, American Indian, Native American, Virginia
Essential Understandings More Close

1: American Indian Cultures
Culture is a result of human socialization. People acquire knowledge and values by interacting with other people through common language, place, and community. In the Americas, there is vast cultural diversity among more than 2,000 tribal groups. Tribes have unique cultures and ways of life that span history from time immemorial to the present day.

2: Time, Continuity, and Change
Indigenous people of the Americas shaped life in the Western Hemisphere for millennia. After contact, American Indians and the events involving them greatly influenced the histories of the European colonies and the modern nations of North, Central, and South America. Today, this influence continues to play significant roles in many aspects of political, legal, cultural, environmental, and economic issues. To understand the history and cultures of the Americas requires understanding American Indian history from Indian perspectives.

9: Global Connections
American Indians have always engaged in the world beyond the immediacy of their own communities. For millennia, indigenous people of North America exchanged and traded ideas, goods, technologies, and arts with other tribal nations, near and far. Global connections expanded and intensified after contact with Europeans. American Indian foods, technologies, wealth, and labor contributed to the development of the modern world.


Academic Standards More Close

Common Core State Standards

Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyzetheir development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (High School)–National Council for the Social Studies

I. Culture.
Processes–Interpret patterns of behavior reflecting values and attitudes that contribute or pose obstacles to cross-cultural understanding.

II. Time, Continuity, and Change.
Processes–Research and analyze past periods, events, and recurring issues using a variety of primary sources (e.g., documents, letters, artifacts, and testimony), as well as secondary sources.

IX. Global Connections.
Processes–Describe and explain conditions and motivations that contribute to conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among groups, societies, and nations.

College, Career, & Civic Life–C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Analyze the impact of constitutions, laws, treaties, and international agreements on the maintenance of national and international order.

Evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes, and related consequences.

Analyze the reciprocal nature of how historical events and the spatial diffusion of ideas, technologies, and cultural practices have influenced migration patterns and the distribution of human population.

Analyze change and continuity in historical eras.

Use questions generated about individuals and groups to assess how the significance of their actions changes over time and is shaped by the historical context.

Integrate evidence from multiple relevant historical sources and interpretations into a reasoned argument about the past.