There were Indian tribes across the entire California. There probably was a tribe where you live now. Go to the web resource list on Early California Indians to research the different tribes.
work with one other person in your group to gather information about two tribes.
choose one tribe from one region and another from a different region
- Central Valley and Mountains - Coastal - Desert
download the word document (Indians-research.doc) to take notes for your research and put in the name of the tribes you chose instead of Tribe #1 and #2.
Using the notes from your research, discuss with your group the similarities and differences between the tribes you chose. Do you see any similarities and differences from the tribes that the other people in your group researched?
Share out with the class 3 things that are similar among all the tribes your group researched.
Share one thing that was unique about each tribe and different than any other tribe.
For this activity, you will be reading some legends about different California Indian Tribes. First, read the background on myths, legends, and stories.
Choose and read at least one of the creation stories. As you read the story, think about how the environment influenced the characters and events in the story.
Then share a summary of the creation story you read with the other people in your group. After listening to the different creation stories, work with the people in your group to make your own creation story based on the animals that live near you and how California Indians adapted their way of life to their environment.
Type your story into a word document and share with the class.
California Indian People had different foods that was passed down from generation to generation. Think about the foods you eat in your own family. Some foods such as avocados, chiles, squash, corn, mole, and beans are foods Indians originally ate. You can learn more by clicking on the following links.
If you eat some of these foods at home, bring a recipe to share with the class and explain how you think your family started eating that dish.
Art and Symbols
Symbols played an important role in California Indian culture and religion. Symbols may be pictures or objects used to represent something else such as ideas or beliefs. Click on the link below to see different Chumash symbols. Pick three symbols to draw and write down what you think they represent. Remember the importance of how Indian people lived in harmony with nature.