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Have you been looking for some different Native American crafts? There are the typical (almost stereotypical) ones--feather headdress, paper bag vest, etc. I want to teach Hazel more about Native Americans. I know I do some of this by reading her books about Native Americans and their legends and stories, but I want some crafts as well. I figured there must be other people like me, so I thought I would do a round-up of the Native American craft and activity books I have found as well as share three of the crafts we did.
Our first craft is a simple one. It is made with a paper towel tube or something of that sort. The shorter canoes are made with the roll from our chiropractor's table. He happened to finish a roll when we were there. I saw this idea on Pinterest and the pin was from Domestic Candy. I cut the tubes in half and then stapled the ends to form the canoes. Our peg dolls' bottoms were a little wide to actually stand in the canoes. Hazel wants to make some Native American peg dolls to go in our canoes now.
The first set of Native American books have some great ideas for various crafts. The other two crafts I will share today are from these books. First we made some tipis. Hazel really wanted to do this. We followed the instructions in Native American Crafts of the Plains and Plateau by Judith Hoffman Corwin. These tipis are made with paper, straws and a small amount of clay and tape. The book also has ideas of how tipis would be decorated.
I wanted to make a little fire pit, but didn't get around to it. Again we used our peg dolls for the tipis.
The next craft we did involved weaving. Something Hazel always wants to do. There are also some books available about Native American weaving. We got this easy activity from Native American History for Kids by Karen Bush Gibson. This book is for children older than Hazel. It provides a history to be read and then has activities throughout it. I looked at it and picked the activity.
We wove a paper basket. Hazel picked out the colored paper. Our strips were not quite long enough, but we taped two together. The book had suggested using newspaper which would have a better length.
I also found some other craft and activity books at the library and one we own. Below is also a book on Native American Art as well as one about weaving.
With so many different books out there, there are so many other ideas for Native American crafts. Last year we made two model wigwams. (Maybe next year we will try one of the pueblo crafts I saw in a couple of these books or maybe an igloo.) We also shared pictures of the model wigwam at Plimouth Plantation when we shared about the Wampanoag Tribe. We have also tried a few Native American recipes: strawberry corn bread and pumpkin and corn stew. Later this week I will be sharing a round-up of Native American stories and a round-up of Native American biographies for children. I hope you will join us!
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From Wisdom Tales:
Children of the Tipi: Life in the Buffalo Days, edited by Michael O. Fitzgerald
The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story, retold by Gerald Hausman
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From Lee & Low Books:
Giving Thanks: A Native American Morning Message, by Chief Jake Swamp
Buffalo Song by Joseph Bruchac
Jim Thorpe's Bright Path, by Joseph Bruchac
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