Cultural Expressions Activities and Lesson Plans


Writing Exercise

  1. How do you show culture?

Primary Sources

  1. Pueblo Feast Days
  2. Navajo Nation Fair in Window Rock, Arizona
  3. Shiprock Northern Fair
  4. Stone Lake Fiesta (Jicarilla Apache)
  5. Arts & Crafts Fair (Mescalero Apache)


  1. Hopi: Songs of the 4th World
  2. Kinaaldá: A Navajo Rite of Passage
  3. In Whose Honor?
  4. Miss Navajo
  5. Racing the Rez
  6. Apache 8
  7. Columbus Day Legacy
  8. Games of the North
  9. Growing Native
  10. Indian Country Diaries: A Seat at the Drum
  11. LaDonna Harris: Indian 101
  12. Mankiller
  13. Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian
  14. Urban Rez
  15. Grab
  16. Horse You See
  17. Run Red Walk
  18. More Than Frybread

Secondary Sources (Excerpts)

  1. Growing Up Native American
  2. Native American Autobiography: An Anthology
  3. Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance
  4. Here First: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers
  5. The Scalpel and the Silver Bear
  6. Black Elk Speaks
  7. Crazy Brave: A Memoir Joy Harjo
  8. Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII
  9. The Native American Identity in Sports: Creating and Preserving a Culture
  10. Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity
  11. My Life in San Juan

Lesson Plans

  1. The Pottery of Maria Montoya Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo
  2. Pow Wows
  3. Traditional & Contemporary Games
  4. American Indian Art
  5. Traditional & Contemporary Music
  6. American Indian Sports Mascots
  7. Native American Film Representation
  8. American Indian Writing (Short story, novel, poetry, memoir, autobiography)