How long have humans lived here? On whose ancestral lands do you live? Who are your tribal neighbors today?

Place-based education (PBE) immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences, using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across curriculum. PBE emphasizes learning through an understanding of where you live and who are your neighbors.

Understanding where you and your students currently live in relationship to the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin. Use the provided poster and questions to help guide your students’ learning.

  • How long have humans lived here?
  • On whose ancestral lands do you live?
  • Do you think anyone lived here before your family?
  • How do you know that? How could you find out?
  • Where could you find evidence?
  • Who are your tribal neighbors today?
  • What are neighbors?
  • Why do my neighbors have different ways than my family?
  • What are tribal neighbors?
  • Where do American Indians live? (rural areas, urban areas, reservations)
  • American Indians live near you? How do you find out?
  • Why is it good to know the people who live next door, down the street, and around the corner?
  • How do we rely on our neighbors?
  • What is the purpose of this poster?
  • What led to that conclusion?
  • What connections can you make between American Indian cultures and yours?
  • Are there any differences?
  • How have American Indian cultures changed over time?
  • How have they stayed the same?
  • What surprises you most about American Indian lives today?
  • How can you learn about people that are different from you?