Curricula - Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
The Mayan Palace of Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico; Credit: Megan O'Neil
Detail, Codex Reese, Aztec Land Map, c. 1565, Mexico; Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Wickerwork basket, Cherokee; Yale Peabody Museum Collections

Curricula - Indigenous Peoples of the Americas

The following curricula were written by teachers who attended the "Indigenous Peoples of the Americas" summer institutes for high school teachers held at Yale University. The first curriculum unit in each section was developed by Elise Weisenbach (Branford High School Spanish teacher), who served all three years as the Summer Institute Teacher Advisor. Curricula from 2012 and 2013 received significant input following the institutes from Institue Director Dr. Megan O'Neil and Ms. Weisenbach, whereas the shorter lessons developed during the 2014 institute received an initial review by program staff during the final day of the institute. Please see sponsor recognition information below.

 

Maya Cultures Across Time (2012)

 

Cultural Heritage: Traditional Mexican Cuisine Across Time

Elise Weisenbach

 

Art

Mayan Art & Architecture

Pearl Lau

 

Ancient American Pottery and Techniques – Maya Pottery

Handouts for Maya Pottery

Marie Monks

 

Geography

Tourism vs Ecotourism: Which is More Sustainable in Developing Economies?

PowerPoint for Tourism vs Ecotourism

Marty Cruz-Bock

 

History/Social Studies

The Corn Identity: from Teosinte to Doritos to Ethanol

Handout for The Corn Identity

Anne Kinzie Culhane

 

Peoples and Civilizations of the Americas, 600-1500

Dawn Petry

 

Regarding Maya Apocalypse 2012: The End of the World?

Handouts for Maya Apocalypse 2012

Jeffrey C. Smith

 

Spanish

Culture Mapping and Myths of Creation

Susan Bennitt

 

El Arte de América Latina y Mesoamérica

Giovanna Carbone

 

Reading Ancient Images: Using Murals to Interpret Maya History and Create a Personal Narrative

Vanessa Del Giudice

 

Dancing in Time: Bailando al compás del calendario Maya

Handout for Dancing in Time

PowerPoints for Dancing in Time: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Lynn Fernandez

 

Introduction to Maya Cultures Past and Present: Colors, Clothing, Food and Places

Smartboard Resources: Maps  Food  Clothing  Palenque

Victoria Neely Hart

 

Textiles of the Maya in Chiapas, Mexico

Virginia Hilyard

 

Exploring Culture and Communication

Allison Shuda

 

Mesoamerica across Time: Oaxaca and Chiapas Then and Now

PowerPoints for Oaxaca and Chiapas

Lisa Sragovicz

 

 

American Histories: Native Peoples and Europeans in the Americas (2013)

 

American Histories: Native Peoples and Europeans in the Americas

Elise Weisenbach

 

Art

Soapstone Bowls

Found Object Sculptures

Marie Monks

 

Geography

The Mission Complexes of San Antonio, Texas

Marty Cruz-Bock

 

History/Social Studies

When Worlds Collide

Toni Criscuolo

 

The Diversity of American Colonial Societies

Dawn Petry

 

Spanish

Chocolate

Susan Bennitt

 

Our Indigenous Heritage

Yoseli Castillo

 

New World, New People: Exploring Cultural Identity in Latin American through Painting and Film

Vanessa Del Giudice

 

Early Encounters: Native Tainos and Europeans Explorers

Angela Dominguez-Newball

 

The Grand and Glorious History of the Ordinary Potato

Lynn Fernandez

 

The History of Chocolate

Zak Foster

 

Queen Isabella of Castilla and the Name Santiago in America

Antonio Losada

 

Lesson extension for “Voices and Visions of the Conquest” (see Weisenbach, above)

Laurie Losada

 

Medicina tradicional

Kat Mendez

 

Native Peoples & Europeans in the Americas

Lisa Sragovicz

 

 

The Indigenous Atlantic: Encounters, Exchanges, and Endurance (2014)

 

Study of Columbus at the Court of Barcelona

Elise Weisenbach

 

Art

Wampum Belts

Nicole Caracciolo

 

Indigenous Basket Making in the Northeast (one-day lesson)

Indigenous Beading/Quillwork Techniques in the Northeast (mini-unit)

Marie Monks

 

Geography

 

History/Social Studies

Introducing Black Seminoles (one-day lesson)

King Philip’s War (mini-unit)

Ruth Burson

 

The Indigenous Atlantic

Stephanie Factor

 

First Americans and European Contact: The Quinnipiac and the English Settlement at New Haven, 1638-1774

Lauren Goldberg

 

Discovering Identity

George Kraus

 

Native Americans/Indigenous Atlantic Cultures

Lauren Merriam

 

The Cultures of Native Peoples (one-day Museum visit)

Effects of Spanish Rule on Native Peoples (mini-unit)

Brian Rappelfeld

 

Spanish

El intercambio colombino: Los comestibles

Vanessa Del Giudice

 

Es complicado: Reflexiones de identidad en la música del Caribe

PowerPoint for Es complicado

Lynn Fernandez

 

Are the Tainos Still Here?

Zak Foster

 

 

Funding and Support

 

Institutes in 2012 and 2013 were jointly sponsored and carried out by Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER) at the MacMillan Center, the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies (CLAIS) and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and were supported by a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the United States Department of Education. All of the "Indigenous Peoples of the Americas" Summer Institutes were made possible by generous support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

 

For more information, contact:

Tom Parlapiano, Institute Coordinator

(203) 737-3065 or thomas.parlapiano@yale.edu