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American Indians of ND: Journal Ideas

Journal Ideas

Four values that were significant to the Plains Indians were honesty, generosity, bravery, and respect for elders and children. Have students write which value would be the most important to them and why. Another idea would be to rank the four values in order of importance and explain reasons for their choices.

Have students write about why they think the drum is considered a sacred and important instrument to the Native American culture.

When the Garrison Dam was constructed and Lake Sakakawea was formed, Elbowoods and other towns on the Ft. Berthold Reservation were flooded. Have students put themselves in the places of the people in these towns who lost their homes, businesses, schools, and the places where they grew up. How would they feel? How would they react? What would they want done to try to make up for their losses?