When I say the first North Carolinians who comes to mind? Are you thinking of the Lost Colony? We will get to the Lost Colony soon, but this month we are talking about those people who were already here when the colonist arrived, the American Indian or Native American tribes of North Carolina. Throughout the year we will be working our way through North Carolina History and geography. Each month I will share some resources specific to the topics and time periods we are studying that month. I also have a more comprehensive list of North Carolina history resources that I am continually updating as I find new resources.
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As we delve into North Carolina history this month we will begin by studying the American Indians of North Carolina. I am excited about this study because I know very little of my own ancestry, but the little bit I do know traces my roots back to the Tuscarora Indians of North Carolina. We started our study by watching North Carolina American Indians Live! as a family. This was a very educational film that shared about both the historic lives of American Indians and their modern day lives. It helps to dispel some myths about modern day American Indians. Next we plan to check out the Pepsi Regional History Center.
Over the next several weeks we plan to try out some of the recipes and read the book If You Lived with the Cherokee together. My son will be researching a tribe or aspect of the life of the American Indians in pre-colonial North Carolina and presenting it to us as a family. If time allows, he will also complete a stop motion video to accompany his project. My daughter will be completing the American Heritage Girl badge on Native Americans, focusing on those in North Carolina.
While I do not think we will make it to Town Creek or Cherokee this month, I hope that we are able to travel to at least one of those locations before our study of North Carolina history is complete. They offer wonderful resources to better help us understand those native tribes. If you have a tribe near you, many of them offer festive and educational events that are open to the public. You can learn more about their ancestors and their current traditions.
I encourage you to check out some of the wonderful resources I have found below (many of which are free) and tell me in the comments what resources you use to learn about American Indians. Don’t forget to check back next month for resources on The Lost Colony through the early colonial era.
North Carolina American Indian Resources
The First Strawberries: (A Cherokee Tale)
Soft Rain (Trail of Tears)
Only the Names Remain (Trail of Tears)
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Deals and Freebies
As we enter into the fall season and return to our routines it often feels much like a new year and a chance to start over. What are you doing to get/stay healthy? I am trying to drink more water and take daily walks.
If you are looking for some starting over with a healthier lifestyle you might want to check out the Healthy Living Bundle that is on sale for just a few days. At only $37 for 93 ebooks, ecourses, and printable packs it is an excellent deal. This includes help with allergies, nutrition, gardening, exercise and more.
Free 5 Day Learning without Worksheets Challenge: FREE 5-Day Learning Challenge We have done several of her different challenges in the past and they are lots of fun and easy to implement.
Free Makeover Your Morning 5 Day Challenge! This is a great way to help re-focus and get your day off on the right foot.
Harry The Happy Mouse (Free on Kindle)
Illustrated Would You Rather Book (Free on Kindle)
Enrichment Studies has a great free fine arts memory match game this month!
Free Help Your Child’s Memory Book from All About Learning Press!