Food Traditions: Making Cherokee Bean Bread

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Imagine being forced out of your home and walking over 1,000 miles with only the things you could carry. How would you survive? What would you eat? After reading about the Trail of Tears and Cherokee resilience, middle schoolers are introduced to the legend of Cherokee Bean Bread and learn how to make this traditional food that helped the people survive the long walk

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use during Native American Heritage Month in November or a study of the Trail of Tears
  • Post a map that shows the journey made by the Cherokee on The Trail of Tears
  • If making it in the classroom, be sure to check for food allergies
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires projection equipment for the video
  • Includes tips for parents and caregivers
  • Provides links to resources for those who want to learn more about the Trail of Tears 
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