Activity Bank - The tools for success
Pens and pencils
Colouring materials such as markers or crayons
Craft materials such as cardboard, paper tubing, feathers, pipe cleaners, foam, styrofoam balls, felt or other linens, popsicle sticks, leather scraps, empty juice cartons, etc.
Tape and glue
Fishing line or string
Long strips of cotton cloth
Forty-five minutes to one hour and a half
Review with students all the different types of skills that a Northern Tutchone person needed to know in order to survive. Details should include building shelters, hunting and gathering food, cooking over a fire, reading the weather, telling stories of ancestry, etc.
Discuss the statement "The key to Northern Tutchone survival was knowledge." Ask students what they think it means, and how it reflected the lifestyle of the Northern Tutchone people.
Assign students the task of creating a tool belt that encompasses all the skills needed for a complete and happy native life. Students should design different 'tools' or items that represent a skill that a Northern Tutchone would need to have. For example, a book might represent the skill of storytelling, so a parent could tell their child stories about their heritage and culture. A basket covered with leaves might represent the skill of identifying and collecting berries and other plants for food. Students should construct three-dimensional objects and then suspend them off of a long strip of cloth to be the tools attached to the belt.
Students could present their belts to the class and have the chance to see what other tools have been designed by their classmates.