Plains, California, and Plateau Culture Areas

Plains/California/Plateau Discovery Boxes 

Updated! Plains Box (Grade 2 to Adult)
The Plains box contains information on the various Indian tribes of the area with emphasis on culture, language, housing, food etc. Included are a child size tipi (with a 2 to 3 child capacity), a Lakota style doll, a parfleche, shield, moccasins, a girl's dress and more. Publications included are Where The Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker, Quillworker, A Cheyenne Legend by Terri Cohlene and Indians of the Great Plains stencil book. Also included is the 27-minute video "Lakota Quillwork, Art and Legend". 

Plains/California/Plateau Audio/Visual Resources

Akta Lakota Museum: "Honoring the People" 22-minute video (not dated)

American Indian Tribal Histories Project Series DVD (not dated)

The Cheyenne Creation Story

The Origin of the Tsistsistas

Leaders of the Crow Nation

Warrior Societies, Law and Order and Dance Societies of the Crow Nation

The Clan System, Camp Criers and Social Gatherings of the Crow Nation

Crow Nation Teacher's Resource Guide K-12 CD-Rom

Comanche – Indians of North America Series (Grades 4-10) 30-minute video
This video accurately portrays the history, culture and way of life today of the Comanche people. It provides the hard facts about the role of the U.S. government in Native American affairs, debunks myths, explores their spiritual relationship with nature and discusses the role of women in their societies. Crafts, tribal music, and ceremonies are included.

Frontier Visionary: George Catlin and the Plains Indians (Grades 6 to Adult) 27-minutes
This video is a production of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It follows the journey of George Catlin and discusses the wonderful art that he created. (2002)

The Great Indian Wars: 1840-1890 (Grade 5 - Adult) 53-minute video
This film includes recreated scenes as well as historical material from the period which captures this dark part of America’s history. (1991)

Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story 90-minute DVD (1988)

Into the Circle of the Pow-Wow (Grade 4 to Adult) 58-minute video
Filmed in Oklahoma, this is a colorful and informative guide to a Pow-Wow. (1992)

Lakota Quillwork (Anyone) 27-minute video
Discusses Sioux porcupine quilling in the past and present. (1985)

The Sacred Pole (Grade 9 to Adult) 27-minute video
This video discusses the return to the Omaha Nation of a sacred pole which had been held at Harvard's Peabody Museum. This sacred item was repatriated (returned). The film details the ceremony and the Pow-Wow celebration following the return. (1989)

Sioux Legends 20-minute video (1973)

Tribes of the Plains: Native American Arts (3rd- 5th Grades) 22- minute video
Bear claw necklaces, eagle feathered war bonnets, and buffalo robes covered with storytelling pictures were objects that were part of the everyday lives of these tribes. Viewers meet the heirs of these masters of the Great Plains, and learn how they created magnificently decorated practical objects for family, home and horses.

White Buffalo Calf Woman & the Sacred Pipe (Grade 1 to Adult) Activity Book
This book presents the Lakota myth of the coming of the White Buffalo Calf Woman who brought the sacred pipe to the Plains people. Included with the information on the story is a modern Lakota ceremonial pipe.