November is a perfect time for teachers and homeschoolers to study Native Americans. Thanksgiving and autumn make good content connections to Native American Indian studies. Here are Native American Indian lessons for social studies, American history and multiculturalism. Use these free printable totem pole crafts and native American patterns and templates. I had the privilege of living in a Native American Indian tribe. When I was six, my father, mother and I moved to Haines, Alaska. We lived in the Tlinget Native American Indian clan. I was adopted into the tribe and my Tlinget name is Dok-du-Yik. I totally enjoyed the cultural immersion experience. I fondly remember the various Pacific Northwest native designs, especially the Totem poles. Totem poles are an important part of Pacific Northwest American Indian tribes like the Tlinget and Chilkat that I lived with. Other Pacific Northwest tribes that reverence the totem pole are the Kwakiutl, Haida and Tsimshian. Thanksgiving always reminds me of those happy times.
Paper Totem Poles is a bright, colorful website devoted to the making of totem pole designs. This site is full of historical information about Native American Indians, cultural details and information on religious observations of which the totem pole plays an important part. This website is loaded with free printable totem pole crafts, Native American Indian patterns, patterns, templates and how-to-draw tutorials. Teachers, parents and homeschoolers get many great free printable totem poles and Native American crafts, but also information about the totem pole and its use in American Indian culture. This resource will be very helpful to the teacher planning a unit on native American Indian culture.
To make a paper totem pole crafts with students, choose one of the free printable paper totem pole patterns templates. Print and have children color them. Then students can glue the colored pictures on recycled cardboard paper towel tubes. Teach children that the arrangement and order of the animals on the totem pole is important in Native American Indian culture. The animals form a hierarchy. The animals also represent the guiding spirits of each native clan or tribe. The totem poles crafts instructions explain how to arrange animal images on the totem pole. While animals are the important totem pole elements, the website offers other categories of native designs: celestial, birds, spirits, people, water, elements and insects. Please enjoy your exploration of Native American Indians. These free printable Thanksgiving lessons plans would be ideal for 4H or Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts merit badge activities, as well. I have more happy memories of my time in the Tlinget tribes than I could ever relate in words.