Lesson Plan

Hopi Traditional Dance and Song

Very few outsiders get to see the Hopi "Butterfly Dance." However, using approved footage from the tribe, class members consider the importance of symbols in Hopi culture by watching the dance and analyzing lyrics from its songs. Extension activities include analyzing songs that have important symbolic value in popular culture.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Analyze the role of symbols in Hopi culture using the included activities
  • Apply learning to elements of popular culture
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of a series of lessons on Hopi culture and history 
Pros
  • Visuals are stimulating and engaging
  • Resource applies learning to a relatable context 
Cons
  • None
Common Core