American Indian Heritage Education Day

Friday, November 17, 2017, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Friday, November 17, 2017
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Grades K–12, led by teacher or other adult
$5 per person (5 years old and up)
One free admission for every 10 registrations.

Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month with your students and other school groups! Students will have an interactive experience that brings American Indian history and culture to life. Visit teaching stations on storytelling, crafts, games, foodways, dancing, and music—staffed by members of the state’s eight state-recognized tribes. Listen to and participate in discussions about present-day American Indians.

The contact person named when registering will receive supplemental materials for classroom use. The following information is provided below:

  • Curriculum Materials for Registered Groups
  • Directions and Parking
  • Check-In and Lunch Options
  • Map of Activities
  • Teacher Tip

Register Now! For more information, call 919-807-7979.

General Resources 

Introduction to Culturally Responsive Teaching

North Carolina Tribes and Resources

Resources for Teaching To and About American Indians

Terminology: American Indian, Native American, or Native?

Information about American Indian Mascots

Teaching About Thanksgiving

Preschool and Elementary School Teachers

Background Articles and Information
Fast Facts about American Indians
Legend: Sequoyah, Inventor of the Cherokee Alphabet
Legends and Myths: The “Three Sisters”
State Flower: Dogwood
State Fruit: Scuppernong Grape; State Vegetable: Sweet Potato 
Teaching Young Children about Native Americans
Teaching about Thanksgiving 
Time Line: American Indians in North Carolina

Classroom Activities
Canku Ota: An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
Colonial North Carolina History-in-a-Box 
Native Tech
Traditional Cherokee Pottery

Books and Magazines

Books about North Carolina Tribes
The First Strawberries, by Joseph Bruchac
Chicora and the Little People: The Legend of Indian Corn, a Lumbee Tale, by Arvis Boughman and Delora Cummings 
You Don’t Look Indian to Me, by Charlene Hunt

Magazines about North Carolina Tribes
Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine, American Indian issue (Contact the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association program coordinator at or 919-807-7985 for more information or to obtain copies for $2 each.)

Middle and High School Teachers

Background Articles and Information
Time Line: American Indians in North Carolina
Fast Facts about American Indians
First Immigrants: Native American Settlement of North Carolina
The First People of North Carolina
The State and Its Tribes

American Indian Storytelling
Cherokee Basketry
A Conversation with Artist Joel Queen
Indian Cabinetmakers in Piedmont North Carolina
Inside the Contemporary Powwow
Native Tech

Politics and History
Assigned Places
Communities of Faith: American Indian Churches in Eastern North Carolina
“Double Voting” in Robeson County: A Reminder of an Unequal Past
Henry Berry Lowry Lives Forever
The Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina and the Battle of Maxton Field
Longtime Chief of the Waccamaw-Siouan: Priscilla Freeman Jacobs
A Look at the Trail of Tears
Nancy Ward: “War Woman” of the Cherokee
The N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs
North Carolina’s American Indians in World War II
With Deliberate Speed: North Carolina and School Desegregation

Jim Thorpe

Laying the Foundation: American Indian Education in North Carolina
Legend: Sequoyah, Inventor of the Cherokee Alphabet
A Look at the Cherokee Language
“Respect and Encourage the Individual”: Learning among the Lumbee

Classroom Activities
Mapping Early NC Tribes
NC Tribes Prior to European Contact
How About Some Recognition?
Pottery Making: The Coil Method 
Settlement of North Carolina

Directions and Parking

The North Carolina Museum of History is located in downtown Raleigh—between the State Capitol and the Legislative Building on Jones Street—at 5 East Edenton Street (between Salisbury and Wilmington Streets). The main entrance faces Bicentennial Plaza and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The museum’s main phone number is 919-807-7900.

FROM the NORTH or EAST: Take the Capital Boulevard exit off I-440 north of Raleigh. Follow the Capital Boulevard (Downtown) designation. Continue south approximately two miles and turn left onto Jones Street. Go three blocks. The museum is on the right.

FROM the WEST or SOUTH: Take the Person Street exit off I-40. Proceed north for two miles. Turn left onto Edenton Street. Go three blocks. The museum is ahead on the right.

PARKING: Bus parking is available in a lot off Jones Street; enter after crossing Blount Street. Limited space for parking automobiles and small vans ($2 per hour) is available in a surface lot east of the museum and can be accessed from Jones Street or Edenton Street.

Check-In and Lunch Options

Check-In: A registration table with the final schedule of events will be located in the museum lobby. All groups will begin with an orientation session in the auditorium. Please have your confirmation information ready as you check in.

Lunch Options: Due to the high volume of visitors, the museum will not be able to provide storage for lunches on this busy day. Picnic tables and benches are available outside the museum in Fletcher Garden. You may pre-order lunches from the museum’s on-site restaurant, Pharaoh’s. For more information on prepacked lunches, click here.

Map of Activities

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Teacher Tips

Distribute the schedule. Please ask teachers and chaperones to familiarize themselves with the schedule on the museum’s website. Copies of the final schedule will be available at the registration table when your group checks in.

Allow plenty of time to arrive. Groups of students will be arriving every 30 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. Please be considerate of volunteers, presenters, and other groups by arriving on time.

Be sure to register and pay for any additions to your group upon arrival. Have your confirmation information ready. Checks should be received within two weeks of booking your group for the event and should be made out to Education Program Funds. A registration table will be outside the auditorium in the museum lobby. All groups will begin with an orientation session in the auditorium. Additional curriculum materials and evaluations can be picked up at the registration table.

Have your group prepared to split into smaller groups (about 10–12), each with an adult. After orientation, smaller groups can visit the various stations.

Not every group will have time to visit every station. Please inform your students and chaperones ahead of time that they may visit as many different stations as time allows (but they might not be able to visit them all). We encourage you to schedule student teaching time after your visit to allow your students to teach each other about what they learned.

Prepare your students. Take a little time before you arrive to review with your students what they will see and do. Some stations have hands-on activities. Other stations are for listening, watching, and asking questions. Click here for suggestions on how to encourage students to interact with demonstrators and presenters.

Want more? Encourage students to come back with their families on Saturday to show what they have learned! The museum’s FREE 21st Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration takes place Saturday, November 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for a complete schedule of events.

Still have questions? If you have further questions or concerns about the program, please contact Emily Grant, youth programs coordinator, at 919-807-7979 or

Have fun, and enjoy the day! Thanks for coming.