The Haudenosaunee Legendary Founding

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While many young historians would say the United States' form of democracy is the longest living, the confederacy established by Hiawatha and the Haudenosaunee is America's precursor. The activity set, complete with a beautifully animated video, interests scholars in how the oldest living democracy helped secure peace among North American tribes. Young scholars apply their knowledge in extension activities that include comparing gender roles between the Haudenosaunee and contemporary America.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a Socratic-style seminar using the discussion questions to help pupils investigate gender roles among Native American groups or think about what rules might create peace among diverse peoples
Classroom Considerations
  • Some segments of the video are in indigenous languages with English subtitles
  • Depictions of death may make this video unsuitable for all learners
  • Part of the larger Native American Sacred Stories series
  • Complete set of activities and lesson plan make the resource easy to use in the classroom
  • Extension activities encourage application of themes in the story of the Haudenosaunee founding
  • Activities are easy to adapt to a variety of learning styles and disciplines
  • None
Common Core