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First Nebraskans, grades 9-12


a. Find the beaver pelt and look in the drawers below. Name three objects that trade introduced to Native American cultures.

How do you think the trade materials influenced Native American culture?


Choose three words to describe
. . . how Europeans might have felt about trade.

. . . how Plains Indians might have felt about trade.

b. Find the object that tells the story of an international conflict that took place in the geographic region that we know as Nebraska. What is the object?

What is the story?


How is this object different from the ones you have seen in this exhibit so far?

c. Go to the Tribal Histories room. Choose a tribe. What did you learn about the tribe from the objects on display?


d. Go to the Clothing section. Think about your clothes and accessories. What do your clothes tell about the culture in which you live? (Think about materials, styles, and decorations.)


Name two articles of clothing or accessories that demonstrate contact between the Plains Indians and Europeans.


What features of these clothes or accessories indicate the Plains Indians were changing some of their culture?

What features indicate they were keeping some of their culture?


e. Go to the earthlodge and listen to the audio stories. Think about your house. Which rooms of your house would serve the same functions as the earthlodge?


What advantages do you think the Pawnees found in having a one-story, circular, one-room dwelling rather than a two-story, rectangular dwelling with many rooms?



f. Find the photo near the earthlodge of an earthlodge village at Genoa,1871. How was an earthlodge village arranged? Draw or describe.

Find the map of Todd County, South Dakota with the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. How did this system of living compare to an earthlodge village?


Choose one word to describe how you would feel about reservations in the late 1800s and early 1900s if
. . . you were a Winnebago Indian forced to move to one.

. . . you were a European or European-American settler living near one.

g. Go to the Winnebago living room. Each of the objects tells a story about the cultural transition taking place on reservations. Which object do you think represents the largest adjustment? Why?


Which of these objects represents the best opportunity for the Winnebago to keep some of their culture? Why?


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