Northeast Woodlands Culture Area (This area includes Illinois and the Great Lakes States)

Northeast Woodlands Discovery Boxes

Birch Bark (Grades 3 to 6)
In the Northeast Woodlands region, Native Americans often used birch bark to create containers, decorations, works of art and even canoes. This box includes actual examples of the many uses of birch bark. Overhead transparencies, activities and maps are included in the information book. Photographs of Native Americans using birch bark containers and canoes in the production of wild rice from the Milwaukee Public Museum archives accompany this box.

Northeast Woodlands (Grade 2 to Adult)
This box focuses on the various tribes of the Northeast Woodlands region. Information on homes, food, clothing and traditions are included in the illustrated notebook. Artifacts and hands on materials include moccasins, breech cloth, appliqué skirt, roach headdress
construction materials, beaded jewelry, bead loom, foodstuffs, birch bark items and
examples of porcupine quill work in the form of jewelry and bags. Suggestions for
activities are included as are maps, books, and a video on the Iroquois. Some of the pieces are sized for children and may be tried on.

Illinois Box (Grade 2 to Adult)
This box contains information on the various Indian tribes of the state with emphasis on culture, language, housing, food etc. Maps, time-lines and lesson plans and activities make this a wonderful classroom tool. Many fine illustrations accompany the information. The hands-on materials in the box include a beaver pelt, pipe (a soapstone bowl), string of wampum, two Madison points, plum stone and moccasin games, plant and animal raw materials from the region. Also includes: “Tales from an Illiniwek Lodge” cassette.

Prehistoric Tools of Illinois (Grades 2 to Adult)
In addition to chipped stone tools, Native Americans also used basic ground stone tools. These could be as simple as a rock from the ground used as a hammer. Another rock might be shaped to become a pestle to fit a mortar. This box contains numerous examples of different tools.

Northeast Woodlands Audio/Visual Resources

Her Mother Before Her (Grade 6 to Adult) 22-minute video
This video presents Winnebago women telling stories and recollections of their mothers and grandmothers. (1992)

Ikwe (Grade 6 to Adult) 60-minute video
Set in 1770 in an isolated Ojibwa village, this video tells of a young girl=s love for a Scottish trapper that brings happiness and tragedy to her people. (1988)

History of King Phillip's War (Grade 6 to Adult) 26-minute video
This documentary deals with the costly war that King Phillip waged in 1676. The war cost the lives of over 3,800 people and ended with the death of King Phillip. (2000)

Lincoln and Blackhawk (Grade 9 to Adult) 52-minute DVD (not dated)

Mountain Wolf Woman (Grades 2-6)
This video is accompanied by a booklet that covers topics such as pow wows, beadwork, fry bread, ribbon applique and more. (1991)

Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa (We Look In All Directions) Series (2002)

Ojibwemowin: Ojibwe Oral Tradition

Gakina Awiiya: We Are All Related

Gikinoo'amaadiwin: We Gain Knowledge

Bimaadiziwin: A Healthy Way of Life

Gwayakochigewin: Making Decisions the Right Way

Gaa Miinigooyang: That Which Is Given to Us

The Rush for Grey Gold: How Wisconsin Began (Grade 4 to Adult) 118 minute video
Lead was the gray gold of the Upper Mississippi territory. The story is told through the word of over 75 accounts of people who experienced the tremendous upheaval this development had on the land and the Native people who lived there. (1998)

Since 1634: In the Wake of Nicolet (Grades 6- Adult) 90-minute video
This three-segment documentary details the history of the Native American tribes that French explorer Jean Nicolet found when he landed at Green Bay. The first segment reenacts Nicolet’s landing and explores how the tribes lost most of their ancestral land. The United States’ policy toward these tribes in the 1960’s and 70’s is explored in the second segment and the video concludes with a view of the two tribes today. (1993)

Trail of Death (Grades 4- Adult) 27-minute video
This film includes an early history of the Potawatomi Indians, their culture and customs. The story depicts the suffering experienced by one of the last tribes of Potawatomi removed from the Midwest area by the U.S. government. This event occurred in 1838 and is known historically as the “Trail of Death.” (1992)

Winnebago Women: Songs and Stories (Grades 6 to Adult) 20-minute video
Grandmothers, mothers and daughters talk about their crafts and how the traditions were passed to them from the previous generation. Beautiful examples of basketry, beadwork and appliqué are shown. (Not dated)

Woodland Tribal Arts: Native American Arts (Grade 5 Adult) 23-minute video
On-location shooting brings the art of the Algonquin, Iroquois, Huron, and Winnebago’s to life. They created portable art with the natural resources at hand. The False Face Society and the masks carved by the Iroquois are highlighted.