Great Songs, Stories, & Speeches of Native Americans

Week 11:  Great Songs, Stories, & Speeches of Native Americans

READ: All Grades: Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids)

 K – 3:  The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories   by Joseph Bruchac  (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster  “The Earth Diver” pg 10

4 – 6:   Read Stories above and also the following from On The Trail Made of Dawn: “Spring Defeats Winter” pg 38, “The Theft of Fire” pg 43

7 – 8:  Read all stories above and read the following speeches from The Book of Great American Speeches for Young People by Suzanne McIntire: “Powhatan” pg 5, “Big Mouth” pg 7,  “Canasatego” pg 12, & “Logan” pg 16

These images were obtained from  No legal image is available to me for Songs of the Chippewa.


  • Many Native American stories are about animals.  Why do you think this is the case? (answers will vary)
  • Does the Earth Diver remind you of any Bible stories? Which one and why?  (answers will vary)
  • Which story did you like hearing the best?  Why?
  • What did you think of the Native American song you heard? (explain)
  • Do you like the sound of the Chippewa language? (Why or why not?)

Questions for grades 7 & 8:

  • What do both Powhatan and Big Mouth urge the colonists to do? (live peaceably with them)
  • Why didn’t Canasatego want to send any of his men to college? (they couldn’t learn anything that would help them live and contribute to their tribe.  The couldn’t build a cabin, kill a deer, kill an enemy, couldn’t run, etc.)
  • Logan used to have a friendship with the colonists.  Why did he change his mind about them? (some whites came and murdered his family.)
  • What does he plan to do now? (take revenge)

ACTIVITIES: K – 3: Draw your own pictures to go along with the “The Earth Diver Story”.

4 – 6: Write an essay: Of the stories you read today, which one did you like the best?  Why?

7 – 8: Write an essay:  Of the speeches you read today, which one was most meaningful to you?  Why?

Copyright October 20, 2012 by Gwen Fredette

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