These instructional units were created to compliment and extend the Niitsitapiisini Virtual Exhibit and web activities. Classroom teachers, the Glenbow Museum and members of the Canadian and American Blackfoot Nations worked together in a collaborative effort to produce the materials that are found within these units and resource documents.
The lessons include activites and assessment strategies to meet a variety of learner styles. Each unit also includes a resource document that provides cultural and historical resources to support the unit.
The instructional units match and extend the major areas of focus in the virtual exhibit:
Target group: Grade 4 to 6
This instructional unit is designed to help students understand how topographical features influenced the lifestyle and culture of the “Amsskaapipikani – South Piegan” tribe through the exploration of the seasonal Round. This unit contains historical and cultural resources to help students recognize the concepts of time and the seasons in the historical perspective of the “Amsskaapipikani – South Piegan” tribe. The unit includes maps, archival images and a historically documented interview with Jim Blood
The Pisskun unit has been developed as a way for students and their teachers to explore this particular aspect of Blackfoot life and culture. These lessons focus primarily on Language Arts and Social Studies outcomes. This unit also contains adapted materials to support a diverse learner group. The unit includes archival images, and historical background on Story Robes and the buffalo.
In this unit students will explore and discover how the Blackfoot people of the Canadian and American prairies lived and thrived within their environment. The lessons focus primarily on Language Arts and Social Studies outcomes. This unit also contains adapted materials to support a diverse learner group. The unit includes archival images, and historical background on Story Robes and the buffalo.
this unit, students will come to understand how, in living with other
people (both First Nations and others), the Blackfoot culture, territory
and way of life has been impacted, especially over the last two hundred
Students will reflect and comment on the changes the Blackfoot people have undergone and, at the grade six level, will be asked to compare the Blackfoot experience to another indigenous culture, somewhere else in Canada or the world. This unit also contains adapted materials to support a diverse learner group. The Others resource document includes archival images to support the unit. Teachers can also print off the historical information from the Blackfoot Culture section of the toolkit.
About the images (in order of appearance):
Many Blackfoot tipis were
painted with special designs that came to people
in dreams. These designs helped the family have a good life.
Glenbow Archives NA-919-37
Blackfoot camps were composed of members of an extended family and other people who may have joined the clan. The arrangement of the tipis was not strictly defined in these camps, although all of them faced east. This allowed the morning prayers to travel towards the rising sun, helping it to come above the horizon for another day.
Glenbow Archives NA-1463-1
Rattles were made from buffalo bulls' scrotums.
Collection of Glenbow Museum
The Blackfoot used a travois to move their belongings. This one is pulled by a horse, but dogs were also used to pull smaller travois. Photograph by Edward Curtis, Glenbow Archives NA-1700-156
Collection of Glenbow Museum