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Students discuss the characteristics of leaders and then construct a quilt showing community leaders.
American Indian cultures are often characterized by extended family relationships in which many people are considered one’s relatives. This large network of relatives provides support, security and role models to look up to. Leaders are involved in a life-long search for knowledge, spiritual balance and development of the characteristics and skills needed to contribute to and strengthen one’s community. Community leadership is exemplified by those who seek to contribute to the well-being of their people, actively protect community resources, and protect the natural environment. By designing and building a quilt, the students will come to understand the qualities of family and community leaders and how they fit together to build a secure community.