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Database Provider

Author

IndianCountry TV

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest

Format

YouTube Video

Fish Dance at Honor the Earth

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Synopsis
  • In this video, Indigenous dancers perform a social dance that shows the spawning rituals of fish as they swim upstream in the spring. 
  • This dance was performed at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation at the Honor the Earth Pow Wow. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The video represents a connection between culture, art, and climate action.
  • The announcer at the beginning of the video explains the context of the dance. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some background knowledge on pow wows.

Differentiation

  • In art or dance classes, students could discuss how the dancers mimic the movement of fish as they swim upstream.
  • This video could be used as an introduction to a lesson on the life cycle of fish in a biology class.
  • In ethics or social studies classes, students could discuss the role that culture plays in society and how Indigenous cultures have been devalued and disrespected both historically and in modern times.
  • Science classes could discuss the question: what are the different threats to fish and how can we protect them?
  • Other resources on this topic include this PBS video about Indigenous communities fighting for climate action, this Khan Academy video on sustainability in fishing and agriculture, and this podcast episode on problems within the commercial fishing industry.
Scientist Notes
The resource shows the diversity of marine resources through the fish dance and the need to come together to protect and conserve marine resources including fish. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA.7.RE1.6 3. Analyze ways that visual components and cultural associations suggested by visual imagery are used to influence ideas, emotions, and actions.
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