Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Online Resources for Teachers

This list is not by any means complete and any views expressed in the links below
 are meant to inform; not to represent the viewpoints of the Newark Earthworks Center 
or the Ohio State University.

Remember to check out our Archive Sources Tag
for more detailed analysis and potential sources of primary documentation.

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma's 2013 visit to the Newark Earthworks for a World Heritage Celebration.
The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma's 2013 visit
 to the Newark Earthworks for a World Heritage Celebration.
For information about a specific Nation's traditions, 
please remember to contact them directly 
for recommendations and suggestions. 

Our available field trips, summer camp opportunities, and school outreach programs.

Helpful Links
Lesson Plans
Online Exhibits
  • Midwest Native & Earthworks Video Tab
  • The Chickasaw Nation.TV
  • The Archaeological Channel
  • In the Light of Reverence
    • Sacred Land Film Project, 2001.
    • "explores American culture’s relationship to nature in three places considered sacred by native peoples: the Colorado Plateau in the Southwest, Mount Shasta in California, and Devils Tower in Wyoming. Rich in minerals and timber and beloved by recreational users, these “holy lands” exert a spiritual gravity which pulls Native Americans into conflicts with mining companies, New Age practitioners, and rock climbers. Ironically, all sides see themselves as besieged. Their battles tell a new story of culture clashes in an ancient landscape"
  • Mysteries of the Ancient Architects
    • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, 2012.
    • The Archaeology Channel, short clip.
    • "Beginning over 2000 years ago, enormous  Glossary Link earthworks were built along Ohio’s Scioto River, all constructed on a grand scale with intriguing precision. Many were designed as combinations of giant geometric squares, circles, and octagons. Amazingly, the earthworks seem to adhere to a master architectural design, the earthen signature of a bygone culture. We will never know what these people called themselves, but today the ancient builders are known to archaeologists as the Hopewell Culture. These people had neither towns nor villages. But they did have big ideas and advanced understandings of geometry and astronomy to carry them out. The mysteries persist. Yet, here, we find a tantalizing glimpse into a way of life that resulted in monuments of earth that challenge the imagination."
  • National NAGPRA Youtube
  • Ojibwe Waasa-Inaabidaa, "We Look in All Directions"
    • "Over three years in the making, this comprehensive six-part documentary series covers 19 Ojibwe Bands in three states and spans over 500 years of Ojibwe history and culture"
  • Public Broadcasting Station (PBS)
  • The Sun Dagger
    • Solstice Project, 1983.
    • "More than a thousand years ago, the Anasazi, in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, set three slabs of stone at the top of Fajada Butte and inscribed two spirals on the rockface below. The positioning of the slabs produces daggers of light on the spirals that indicate the first day of winter, spring, summer, and autumn. The way light falls on the large spiral at moonrise also indicates the progress of the 19-year cycle of the Moon. The perfect meeting of the Sun, the Moon, the Earth, and Time."
  • Teaching Rocks
    • Lloyd Walton, 1987.
    • Vimeo
    • "A visually arresting film, concentrates on the native art of the Ojibwa tribe. Much Ojibwa history and philosophy has been related through the rock carvings and paintings which are featured throughout this work. The voices of the Elders are heard in the film, describing the tales of creation and existence that mark the group's iconography. A sense of mystery informs this evocative film as the realization strikes that no individual can expect to penetrate the mythos of the Ojibwa."
  • We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes
    • PBS, 2009.
    • "They were charismatic and forward thinking, imaginative and courageous, compassionate and resolute, and, at times, arrogant, vengeful, and reckless. For hundreds of years, Native American leaders from Massasoit, Tecumseh, and Tenskwatawa, to Major Ridge, Geronimo,
    • and Fools Crow, valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture. Sometimes, their strategies were militaristic, but more often they were diplomatic, spiritual, legal, and political.
      From PBS s acclaimed history series, American
      Experience, in association with Native American Public Telecommunications, We Shall Remain establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. These five documentaries spanning three hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective, upending two-dimensional stereotypes of American Indians as simply ferocious warriors or peaceable lovers of the land."
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