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Montana: Stories of the Land

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Chapter 2 - People of the Dog Days

More On Creation Stories - Sacred and Ceremonial

All cultures throughout the world have creation stories that are considered sacred, including those tribes that reside in Montana. When using any creation story in your class, make sure it comes from a credible source and see if there are any cultural protocols regarding its retelling. If you have any doubts, you may wish to check with the tribe.

The OPI website has a wonderful link to Indian education guidelines and resources. In addition, we recommend browsing Dorothea Susag's Roots and Branches: A Resource of Native American Literature - Themes, Lessons, and Bibliographies (1998). The bibliography is arranged by grade level and the introduction and foreword (by M. L. McCluskey) give valuable information about teaching Indian history.