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The focus of this 22 page lesson is on pictographs and their importance within Native American culture. As explained in the Webster dictionary, a pictograph is a symbol that represents a word, idea, phrase, or feeling. Pictographs were the earliest form of writing in human culture. Examples have been discovered in Egypt and Mesopotamia as early as 3000 BC.
Storytelling has held an important place in indigenous culture. Stories passed down from generation to generation are used to pass on knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, traditions, etc. Different cultures offer various types of storytelling techniques. In this lesson, we will focus on using Native American sign language as a resource for the students to tell their own stories.