Living Like A New York State Native American


In Social Studies we have been learning about the history of New York State.  We have been discussing the two Native Americans nations who first inhabited this area, Mohawk and Mohegan (Shinnecock).  Today during this WebQuest you will be researching how your nation lived.



I will assign you either group A for Mohawk or group B for Mohegan (Shinnecock), then you will use this WebQuest to research how they lived.  You will explore the houses they lived in, what food they ate, how the got that food, how they dressed, what their clothes were made of, what their belief system was, their monetary system and/or what they did for recreation.  While you are piecing together the culture of our New York Native Americans I want you to imagine what it would have been like to live as a Native American.  At the end of this unit you will create your tribes village and present it in class.

What you have to do to complete this WebQuest:

1. Research your assigned tribe.

2. Fill in the vocabulary work sheet from what you learned during you research.

3. From the information you have gathered you will create a visual depiction of how life was in your Native American village.  You can draw a picture, create a collage, a diorama, poster, video.  Feel free to discuss with me your chosen media I am open to other thoughts or ideas to help express what your village looks like. I have also coordinated with both the art and computer lab teachers for you to be able to work on these projects during class.  Teachers will help you in a creative aspect as needed.

4. Lastly at the end of this unit when your villages are ready you will present and explain what you chose to display in your village and why. 

          Seal of the Haudenosaunee - The people around the outside ring are the 50 tribal chiefs, men and women.  Source: This is the traditional Mohawk Government/Religious Seal                                       [Mohegan - Connecticut flag]


See Native American Wordsheet- Define the words with new ideas from your readings then draw a picture to illustrate the definition.



After completing this WebQuest you should have a better idea of what life was like as a Native American.  You will now be assigned a parter and will collaboratively construct a visual presentation in the medium of your choice.  As previously stated you will be working on these presentations in art and computer lab, use your resources wisely!  At the end of the week you and your partner will be presenting your version of Native American life to the class.  During you presentation try to include some similarities between our lives today and the Native Americans lives prior to the 1600's.

Check out this cool timeline for further readings or study!

History Timeline of the Native Indians of New York

10,000 BC: Paleo-Indian Era (Stone Age culture) the earliest human inhabitants of America who lived in caves and were Nomadic hunters of large game including the Great Mammoth and giant bison.

7000 BC: Archaic Period in which people built basic shelters and made stone weapons and stone tools 

1000 AD: Woodland Period - homes were established along rivers and trade exchange systems and burial systems were established

1500s - 1600's: New York explored by Europeans from Great Britain, Sweden, Holland and France 

17631763-1675 -- Pontiac's Rebellion, Chief Pontiac's tries to force British out of the West, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.

16881688 - 1763 The French and Indian Wars between France and Great Britain for lands in North America consisting of King William's War (1688-1699), Queen Anne's War (1702-1713), King George's War (1744 - 1748) and the French and Indian War aka the Seven Years War (1754-1763)

1688(1688-1699) King William's War (part of the French and Indian Wars) between France and the Wabanaki Confederacy and England and the Iroquois Confederacy. Peace Treaty made at Pemaquid. August 11,1693. and was ratified on Jan. 7. 1699

1690Schenectady Massacre - French and Algonquins destroy Schenectady, New York, killing 60 settlers

1778Cherry Valley Massacre - British and Seneca Indian forces attack a fort and village in eastern New York

1754: 1754 - 1763: The French Indian War is won by Great Britain against the French so ending the series of conflicts known as the French and Indian Wars

1763: Treaty of Paris

1775: 1775 - 1783 - The American Revolution. 

1776: July 4, 1776 - United States Declaration of Independence