Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: Sustaining Culture, Sustaining Environment 1
Grades: 7 - 12

Video Description: Learn how members of Native American tribes preserve the unique aspects of their cultures. They show how they are sustaining their cultures through songs, dances, pow wows and oral history and how they continue to honor the environment with their commitment to sustainable agricultural practices. Guests are Jessica Black (Gwich’in Athabascan) from Buder Center for American Indian Studies, Shanondora Billiot (United Houma Nation), Pete Coser (Muscogee-Creek/Choctaw), and Jamie Ishcomer (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma).

Type of Video: Program*
Unique Video ID: Culture-1**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Provide the video to students who are engaging in an independent project on Native Americans so they can use it for research.
  • Have students research the tribes featured in the video to learn more about their culture. Consider a jigsaw activity with different groups researching different tribes then sharing their findings with the class.


*Programs offer long form exploration of a topic(s) in the area of study with single or multiple guests interacting with an audience.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.