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K-12 Lessons on Kanza Culture

K-12 Lessons on Kanza Culture


The goal of these classroom-ready lessons is to share with young people, and all interested learners, the rich culture and proud heritage of the Kanza people – both past and present.  These culture-based lessons are provided through a partnership between the Kaw Nation and the Flint Hills Map & Education Program, a project of the Flint Hills Discovery Center, as part of their On-line Center of Learning about the Flint Hills.  Please contact the Kaw Nation If you have suggestions or additional learning resources to offer.

The Kanza: Who, Where & When (Grades 7-12)

This multi-day teaching/learning unit over the Kanza or Kaw Nation will provide a condensed overview of the history of the Kanza people that middle and secondary students could easily read in a class period and will provide teaching strategies, classroom activities and additional resources to use to expand the study into several days.  Activities include timeline, mapping, milestone events, and reading brief biographies of notable Kanza people – followed by Who’s Who Game.
Lesson materials:

Lesson Plan including historical overview and biographies

Student Activities – timeline, map, inquiry matrix, who’s who matrix, KEYS

(Social Studies)

Voices of the Wind People Pageant Grade 3-4 and up

Students will watch an 8-minute video about a remarkable historical pageant enacted by Kaw Indians and Council Grove community volunteers, depicting the conflict between the Kaw (Kanza) Indians and Euro-American settlers in Council Grove, Kansas.  As background, students will discuss what a “pageant” is and explore Voices website.  Students will answer written questions during and after watching the video, and engage in discussion of the numerous, powerful historical themes contained in this story.

Lesson Plan including Student Activity

(Social Studies)

Videos on the Kanza and Kaw Nation Available Online

Other lessons in process: 

  • Kaw Trail
  • Kaw City
  • Kaw Warrior Statue on Kansas Capital
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