American Indian Tour


Age range: Specifically geared to 4th and 5th grade, but can be adjusted for other grade levels.


Student limit: 60


Theme: Native Americans have made Alabama their home for thousands of years.


Objective: Children will learn about the lifestyles, cultures, and behaviors of Alabama Indians through a hands-on session and a guided examination of the Stilled Voices, Forgotten Ways: The First Alabamians Gallery. Students will also gain an appreciation for artifacts and archival documents.


Method: 2-part program; 25 minutes each section

  • Hands-on session with Indian artifact touch cart

  • Guided interpretive tour of Indian Gallery


Addresses Alabama Course of Study: Social Studies Standards, 2004


Fourth grade

#2. Describe cultures, governments, and economics of prehistoric and historic Native Americans in Alabama. (Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian; Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek)


#3. List reasons for European exploration and settlement in Alabama and the impact of Europeans on trade, health, land expansion, and tribal reorganization of Native American populations in Alabama.


Fifth grade

# 4. Explain the effects of European exploration during the Age of Discovery upon European Society and Native Americans, including economic and cultural impact.


#11. Explain events that occurred during War of 1812 (Battle of Horseshoe Bend and Creek War)


Pre-Visit Materials


Post-Visit Materials