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Author

IndianCountry TV

Grades

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

Subjects

Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Videos, 6 minutes, 10 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Midwest, Wisconsin

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
    • Dance: Standard 3 - Students will critically interpret intent and meaning in order to evaluate artistic work.
      • D.D.R.10.m Examine and relate ways that dances create context and meaning through examples.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog4.a.m Explain how place-based identities can change places over time. Investigate how place-based identity results from the characteristics of a place and can sometimes result in stereotypes of people from a specific place. Describe students’ perceptions of a place that are based on indirect sources (e.g., television, movies), versus on direct sources (e.g., residing in a place, visiting a place).
      • SS.Geog5.b.m Analyze how distribution of natural resources such as fisheries and crops (renewable and nonrenewable) creates systems of commerce between groups. Analyze how unequal distribution of resources creates inequities between regions and can lead to conflict between competing countries.
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