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Teaching and Learning About Native Americans

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These resources contain information for teachers or parents who want to help young children learn about Native Americans.

Books for Adults

  • “All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker
  • Do All Indians Live in Tipis? Questions and Answers from the National Museum of the American Indian by the National Museum of the American Indian staff
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese
  • New Native Kitchen by Chef Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli
  • Original Local by Heid E. Erdrich
  • The Sioux Chef by Sean Sherman

Books for Children

  • Fall in Line, Holden by Daniel Vandever
  • Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Mission to Space by John Herrington
  • Bowwow Powwow by Brenda Child
  • Cradle Me by Debbie Slier

IEL Resources


Web Resources

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Kindergarten
  • Home
  • Family Child Care
  • Child Care Center
  • Preschool Program

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family
  • Teachers / Service providers

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
Related Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards:
Reviewed: 2021