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Do symbols mean the same thing in every culture?

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Language Arts And English +5 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

Plains Native people have always depicted star images on their clothing, tipis, and containers.

Formative Task: In a class discussion list three ways Western cultures think about stars. Use this collection to discover what stars mean to the Lakota and other Native people.

Summative Performance Task: Use the star quilt pattern to create a symbolic quilt that represents your school.


Quilt

National Museum of the American Indian

The Story of the Morning Star

National Museum of the American Indian, Office of Education

Pipe bag

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

The Flame winter count, 1887

National Anthropological Archives

1833-1834 The Year the Stars Fell

Smithsonian Institution National Anthropological Archives

Leather Quiver and Arrows

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Quilt: Star Quilt

National Museum of the American Indian

Quilt: Follow the Swallows

National Museum of the American Indian

22c Barn Swallow single

National Postal Museum

Quilt: Tipis Around the Lake

National Museum of the American Indian

Quilt: War Bonnet

National Museum of the American Indian

Make a Paper Star Quilt Pattern

National Museum of the American Indian, Office of Education