Southeast Culture Area

Southeast Discovery Boxes

Southeast Box (Grade 2 to Adult)
This box contains information on the various Indian tribes of the area with emphasis on culture, language, housing, food etc. A Cherokee pot and basket as well as lacrosse sticks and ball are the hands-on materials included. A finger weaving kit with instructions may be used with classroom materials for a student activity. Maps and color photographs are part of the information book. Publications included are: Three picture books The Cherokees by V. Sneve, Dancing Drum by Terri Cohlene, and First Strawberries by Bruchac. Information books are: The Choctaw, The Seminole, The Cherokee in the Grolier series, Cherokee Legends and the Trail of Tears adapted by T.B. Underwood, and The Cherokees Past and Present by J.Ed Sharpe, and Mounds of Earth and Shell by B. Shemie and two coloring books. Also included, two videos, The Cherokee and The Seminole.

Southeast Audio/Visual Resources

Creek – Indians of North America series (Grades 4-10) 30-minute video
This video is useful to introduce elementary through high school students to Native American history and culture. The video displays a sense of the conflict in their past and their renewed self-identity. The history, culture, and modern problems and solutions of the Creek tribe are examined. (1993-95)

Doe Boy (Grades 7-Adult) 87-minute video
Hunter is a half-Cherokee who wants to be like his father. After killing a doe, his father becomes disappointed in him. Ultimately it is Hunter’s grandfather who helps guide him through life, teaching him the difference between hunting and killing. (2001)

Pamunkey Pottery: The Old Ways (Grade 3 to Adult) 25-minute video
The Pamunkey Indians live in Virginia. Their pottery differs from the better-known Southwestern pottery of the pueblos in construction, decoration and firing method. This video details the steps in creating pottery according to the old ways of the Pamunkey people. (1990)

Seminole- Indians of North America series (Grades 4-10) 30-minute video
This video 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 Seminole society. The film provides a unique portrait of Seminole history, culture and way of life today.

Tragedy & Triumph: A History of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee (Grade 4 - Adult) 18-minute video
This film details the history of the Cherokee people of the East before and after the Trail of Tears, which removed many of them to Oklahoma. Here is the dramatic saga of a people uprooted from their native lands, and the struggle to preserve their rich heritage and culture, a portrait of endurance and a will to live. This film is followed by a promotional travelogue on Cherokee, North Carolina called AGateway to Adventure.” It is 15 minutes in length. (Not dated)

The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy 115-minute DVD (2006)

The Tribes of the Southeast: Persistent Cultures of Resilient People (Grade 4 to Adult) 50-minute video
A Turner Broadcasting film focusing on the fate of the Southeastern tribes. (1994)