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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: Star 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