Learn about Native American land stewardship in South Dakota, and raise money for your local food pantry.
Things To Do
1. Watch People of the Bison.
2. Complete Episode Quiz individually or as a group. (Note: The quiz has additional information and related video.)
3. Student Glossary (PDF)
- Print Crossword Puzzle, (answers), and distribute to class.
4. Discussion Cards (PDF)
5. Class Activity - Traditional Use of Tatanka (Buffalo)
- Buffalo Arrive At Massive New Rosebud Range
Native American Winter Counts (PreK - Elementary)
On this page you will find educational resources for the Dakota Pathways episode called People of the Bison. There is an episode guide, additional videos, activities, and more.
A winter count is a pictographic record of historical/memorable events for a tiospaye (community). The winter count, used by many Plains Indians, is a method of preserving history.
We provide a rich array of educational content from Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires to documentaries like Lost Bird of Wounded Knee.
The most widely distributed coin featuring a Native American, the “Indian Head Nickel” or “Buffalo Nickel,” was minted between 1913 and 1938. Only a few million were produced.
Quillwork was used to decorate shirts, moccasins, and jewelry. The practice endured over the centuries to become one of the most recognizable art forms of the Great Plains today.
Brave Heart said he wanted to change the name of South Dakota’s tallest mountain, Harney Peak. He is living proof that one person with an idea – and the courage to act – can inspire a monumental change.
1982 Oscar Howe Documentary | SDPB Documentary
From the SDPB archives, enjoy the 1982 Oscar Howe Documentary. Archival footage from 1982 from an SDPB Statewide episode featuring Oscar Howe's works.
Early Life of Oscar Howe | Oscar
Oscar Howe was born May 13, 1915, on the Crow Creek Reservation of South Dakota. This is a clip from SDPB's 1982 documentary Oscar.
South Dakota Standards
South Dakota academic content standards serve as expectations for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade. The review, revision, development, and feedback process involves stakeholders throughout the state of South Dakota and is an ongoing and critical component to ensure South Dakota students in every classroom receive current and relevant learning experiences. The goal is that all students will graduate college, career, and life ready.
Content standards are set by the South Dakota Board of Education Standards. They are reviewed every five to seven years. Content standards do not mandate a specific curriculum.