After our lesson we made a paper doll of a Native American girl.
After that we learned about the Thunderbird. Then we made our own. I wanted to be accurate in the description of what a Thunderbird is so I am including the following descriptions with my sources.
"Legendary creature in certain North American indigenous peoples' history and culture. it is considered a "supernatural" bird of power and strength. It is especially important, and richly depicted in the art, songs and oral histories of many Pacific Northwest coast cultures, and is found in various forms among the people of the American Southwest and great plains. Thunderbirds were major components of the southeastern ceremonial complex of American prehistory".
I also visited a website having more info. There is a wealth of information about the different depictions of Thunderbirds, it's quite interesting to research. One site I got this definition from is: www.tnais.com/home/ Thunderbird North American Indian Society. They defined it this way:
"For the Lakota, or Teton Sioux, the Thunderbird-wakin'yan'-is an important subordinate deity. It is a great bird which lives somewhere in the west and sends the rain. Thunder is caused by the beating of it's wings, and bolts of lightning flash from it's eyes".
Image via Wikipedia
We read a few of our favorite Thanksgiving stories.
Five little pilgrims on Thanksgiving Day (hold up 5 fingers)
The first one said, "I'll have cake if I may". (lower 5 fingers then raise respective finger)
The second one said, "I'll have turkey roasted"
The third one said, "I'll have chestnuts roasted".
The fourth one said, "I'll have pumpkin pie".
The fifth one said, "Oh cranberries I spy".
But before they ate any turkey or dressing, All of the Pilgrims said a Thanksgiving blessing. (fold hands)
A teepee is quite a home, (form triangle with hands)
Especially for Indians who must roam (place fingers behind head)
When it is time for them to go and hunt the mighty buffalo (pretend to shoot bow and arrow)
They pack their teepees, sticks and all (pretend to pack)
Then build them again straight and tall. (form teepees with hands.)
Great spirit. Help me never to judge another (shake head sideways)
Until I have walked in his moccasins for two weeks. (raise two fingers)
Sioux Indian Prayer
Hope you all have a wonderful afternoon!