Monday, March 28, 2011

Abenaki History and Culture Unit Frame

Abenaki History and Culture

Overview: The purpose of this unit is to study the history and culture of the first people who
inhabited and continue to live in Vermont and New Hampshire, the Abenaki.

Enduring Understandings:
  • The Abenaki have lived in the area we now call Vermont and New Hampshire for at least 12,000 years.
  • This area is the Abenaki homeland.
  • There are many Abenaki place names in Vermont and New Hampshire.
  • From first contact to the American Revolution, Abenakis and Europeans sometimes cooperated with each other and sometimes fought.
  • European settlement of Vermont and New Hampshire increased continually and the Abenaki tried to maintain control of their lands.
  • Europeans eventually prevailed over the Abenaki and took control of their lands.
  • Today, the Abenaki have reasserted their identity as the longstanding inhabitants of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Essential Questions
  • Why do groups of people come into conflict with each other?
  • How are Native American and Euro-American cultures different?
Focusing Questions
  • How was traditional Abenaki society organized and how did the Abenaki live?
  • How is the landscape central to Abenaki culture, stories, and history?
  • Why did the Abenaki and European and American settlers come into conflict?
  • Why did Americans in Vermont and New Hampshire come to believe that the Abenaki had disappeared from these states?
  • How do Abenaki people live today?
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