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Plains Indians and the Buffalo

Buffalo—the ultimate resource for survival

Imagine not being able to buy your clothes, tools, food, and household items at a store! During this 30–45 minute lesson, students will challenge themselves to think about how they would meet their needs using the natural environment around them. They will discover that long ago many Plains Indian tribes had to use the natural resources around them to survive as the presenter introduces them to our hands-on collection pieces.

How did Plains Indians use the fur, hide, sinew, bones, and even bladder of the buffalo in their everyday lives? The lesson meets several Common Core Standards as well as national standards in history and social studies.

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Plains Indians and the Buffalo
Grade Level: K–12
Length:45 minutes (35 of instruction & 5–10 for questions)
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