Elementary – Culture

Whether it’s a Goshute elder telling the story of how their land was shaped or a Navajo woman teaching her daughter to weave, culture is a vitally important part of understanding Utah’s Indian people.

These lesson plans, designed to coordinate with the existing state and national standards for fourth grade social studies curriculum, focus on the theme of culture. They include lessons that are broad in scope, looking at Indian cultures across what is now the United States and throughout Utah, and five lessons that focus on the specific culture of each of Utah’s Indian nations. These lessons look at the way aspects of culture, such as trade, storytelling, and art, were used in the past and the way they continue to be used by Utah’s Indian communities to survive, thrive, and transmit unique indigenous ways and beliefs to future generations.