Pooho Background

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A TEACHER'S STORY I. Grade Level: High School Seniors II. Topic: Native American Reservations III. Standards: A. North Carolina High School Association B. Rocky Boy’s Agency Board of Education IV. Objective: To introduce ‘true’ western Native American culture; i.e. the “pow-wow”, and ‘day to day’ life of two ‘foreign’ cultures V. Materials: rockyboy.org; ‘pow-wow’ link, etc. VI. Procedures: rockyboy.org *pow-wow link *archival photo link *pow-wow songs link *tribal history link QAIT: Quality of Instruction: comes from my personal experiences as a teacher on Rocky Boys Reservation; Box Elder, Montana; 1991-1993, as Athletic Director and Physical Education Instructor. Incentive: My students display a high degree…show more content…
It is set up by a small stream; enabling students to experience the complete ‘sweat lodge experience. (after a time in the sweat lodge, it is customary to take a dip into a cold stream, or a roll in the snow, depending) I have found that most of my students enjoy and actually learn more proficiently in this ‘casual’ setting. The fact that they are not inhibited by a desk or classroom seems to add to the learning experience. The sweat lodge is an integral part of the Native American Church. This is a good way for the students to learn of the differences and similarities between their ‘church’ and that of their Native counterparts. This setting also allows me to learn and observe my student’s different learning styles, as they are more relaxed and therefore demonstrate more vividly how they learn…show more content…
Rocky Boy was not founded until 1912, many years after the ‘Indian wars’ were claimed, by our government, to be ended. Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota, has been taught to history students since 1890, to have been the end of the’ Indian Wars.’ To have my students learn the facts and understand the truth of the history of this war, will be an invaluable lesson learned. And the evaluation of the effort put into reaching out to the students of Rocky Boy and hearing what they have to say and the communication between both groups will determine the success, or lack thereof, of this class. It is a goal of this class, for the North Carolina students to foster relationships with their counter parts at Rocky Boy and to determine to strive to avoid any semblance of ‘learned helplessness’ creeping into their lives, regardless how tough life may get. Conversely, it is my hope that the students from Rocky Boy will learn from their counter parts in North Carolina, that there is hope outside of the ‘reservation life.’ Communication is another goal of this class. For these two groups of students to begin communicating with each other will be an invaluable learning tool for both. They will learn to bridge many gaps in culture, economics, ethnicity and race. The ultimate goal being the beginning of new and lasting friendships…(C) rc
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