Encounter Kits

Omaha Tribe

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Encounter Kits

Large kits include a teacher's guide, specimens, and five fun activities for learning.

Fee: $35.00/week + return shipping
Rental duration: 1 week


Teacher's Guide

Summary of Contents

ACTIVITY ONE - THE SACRED LEGEND, MYTH AND TRICKSTER TALES

Learning Objective:
Children learn storytelling as a means of recording history.

Contents:
Stories:
     Monkey and the Wolves
     How the Omahas Got the Corn
     Orphan Boy, Monkey, the Red Bird, and His Wife
     Little Girl and Her Grandma
     The Fox and the Turkeys
     Shawna's Story

9 Omaha Title V Stories (booklets)
Books:
     The Middle Five
     Native American Doctor
     The Book of the Omaha

Mounted print: The Cradleboard


ACTIVITY TWO - ART

Learning Objective:
Students create their own Omaha style art.

Contents:
Omaha Art and Rock Art Activity Cards (1 two-sided sheet)
Box specimen: Leather pouch
Box specimen: Beads
Box specimen: Porcupine quills
Box specimen: Animal hip bone brush
Buffalo hide patch
Envelope Specimen: Cottonwood plant
15 Slides: Omaha and Euro-American art and artifacts
Script for the slides
5 Mounted prints


ACTIVITY THREE - SONGS

Learning Objective:
Students will learn the role of song in Omaha tradition.

Contents:
Audio tape: 19 Omaha Songs
Audio tape and book: Omaha Indian Music
Songs: O'Po of the Omaha (2)
      The Raccoons and the Crabs
      How Rabbit Captured the Turkeys

Book: O'Po of the Omaha
Video: Dancing to Give Thanks (in He'dewaci Activity)
Mounted print: Recording Omaha Music


ACTIVITY FOUR - HE'DEWACI (POW WOW)

Learning Objective:
Students will view an Omaha pow wow on video and make their own pow wow costumes.

Contents:
Omaha Art Activity Cards
Clothing of Men and Boys Activity Card
Clothing of Women and Girls Activity Card
Fry Bread Experience Activity Card
Video: Dancing to Give Thanks
Tape: 19 Omaha Songs
Box specimen: Bells
Box specimen: Jingles
Box specimen: Porcupine Quills (in Art Activity Packet)
Box specimen: Leather Pouch (in Art Activity Packet)
Box specimen: Beads (in Art Activity Packet)
Envelope specimen: Turkey Feather
Costume items (in large box): Shirt, shawl and moccasins
Mounted print: Shirt and Leggings


ACTIVITY FIVE - PLUM PIT GAME

Learning Objective:
Students make and play the Omaha Plum Pit Game.

Contents:
Plum Pit Game Activity Card
Envelope Specimen: 100 Grass counting sticks
Envelope specimen: Plum flowers
Envelope specimen: Smooth Brome Grass
Box specimen: 5 Pumpkin seed "plum pits"
Mounted print: Bellevue Agency