American Indians: Cultures and Contributions

by  Booth Museum

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Learn about American Indian cultures from the Northwest Coast to the Eastern Woodlands through American Indian art and artifacts! Students participate in an interactive map activity to determine movement patterns, compare and contrast regions and environments and create their very own Lakota painted horse from recycled or classroom materials. Participatory group storytelling and art from the Booth’s collection bring to life the contributions of Americans Indians today.

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Multipoint: $150.00
Multipoint Premium: $130.00
Point to Point: $95.00
Point to Point Premium: $90.00
By Request: $95.00
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About 50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Gifted & Talented, Social Studies/History visual literacy

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Booth Museum

Cartersville, GA
United States

The Booth Museum, in Association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, Georgia. The Booth is home to the largest collection of American Western artwork on exhibition in the nation, including historical and contemporary American Indian art and artifacts. Open since August 2003, Booth Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast and was ranked at the #1 art museum in the nation by USA Today, Readers Choice Awards 2020 & 2021. 

A CILC Pinnacle Award winner, the Booth offers interactive virtual field trips infusing the arts with other disciplines such as social studies, history, science, language arts, literacy and STEAM.  Programs are book on demand and will engage your students in hands-on learning while appealing to multiple learning styles.  Lifelong learning programs are also available with special program topics available upon request.

Patty Dees

Program Details


1. This program begins with a look at a linguistic and regional map of American Indian cultures.
2. Regional environments (NE Woodlands, SE Woodlands, Plains, Great Basin, Southwest, Northwest, Arctic) are introduced throughout the program and students draw inferences from map re: natural resources in each region.
3. Voluntary trade introduced through a painting in collection; paired with object identification activity of trade items.
3. Three Sisters story is shared with participatory movement.
4. Music and dance are shared through a Plains Pow-Wow dance video and prairie chicken dance. Simple movement activity with students accompanies this.
5. Musical instruments are shared with students.
6. Lakota Sioux painted horse art project is introduced.
7. Bison as a natural resource is explored through paintings and a Bison Box (object identification activity of different part of bison and how they were used by Plains culture).
8. Explore final regions and resources to finish program.


• Reflect upon and discuss the breadth and diversity of Native cultures
• Identify regional, natural resources and importance to Native cultures prior to European exploration.
• Understand the effect of encounters between American Indian and Euro-American groups;
• Understand the historical context of art and artifacts from different Native cultures.
• Create age appropriate artwork to aid in learning retention
• Explore and discuss contemporary Native American artists contributions
• Use visual vocabulary to articulate observations and interpretations of artworks.
• Practice critical thinking through use of Visual Thinking Strategies and object-based learning

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All programs align and support National Educational Standards.

State Standards

Georgia Standards of Excellence
SS3H1, SS3H2a,c; SS3G3a,SS3E1a, SS3E3, VA3.RE.1a, VA3.CN.1b, c; VA3.CN.2, VA3.CN.3;