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The students will develop an understanding of traditional American Indian land-related values and special relationships to land that formed the foundation for Indian cultural identity and sense of place on earth; and understand the purpose of the seasonal movement of the Dakota people. They will connect those movements to the resources Dakota people needed for survival.
Students learn about the types of plants grown and gathered by the Ojibwe and Dakota tribes, as well as the various uses beyond just food for these plants.
Students read Native American stories and discuss their connections to traditional land ethics.
Students learn that the Dakota use scientific methods to classify the world around them and that there are many valid methods.
In this lesson, the students will learn one of the origin stories of the Eastern Dakota, the Bdewakantonwan or Mdewakantonwan who have lived in Minnesota. They will also look closely at the land ethics usually found within creation stories and how these beliefs relate to the identity of the tribe.