Archaeologist Sheds New Light on Indigenous Tribal Culture
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: New research on the post-colonization life of the Muscogee Nation may rewrite history. A Washington University archaeologist says that the tribe continued its traditions long after the arrival of Spanish explorers. The Muscogee Nation is one of the five tribes with legal claim to parts of Oklahoma after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Type of Video: Story*
Unique Video ID: Culture-66**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Have students research more information about the Supreme Court decision referenced in the video. How has that decision affected the rights of indigenous cultures in Oklahoma and throughout the country?.
  • After viewing the video, have students discuss the examples of primary source artifacts that has changed archaeologist’s understanding of the Muscogee nation. How has technology made a difference? What does this tell students about the value of primary sources and how they can change our understanding of what we thought was true?


*Story videos employ a narrative form to highlight a topic, location, or practitioner in the area of study.

**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.