The American Journey © 2007

Chapter 1: The First Americans

Student Web Activity

"Native American Cultures"

In this chapter you learned about the first Americans. As they spread across North and South America, these people developed unique cultures. Each culture developed political and economic systems, as well as art, language, and spiritual beliefs. On this Web site you will be able to read one tribe's legend of the origin of fire.

Destination Title: Native American Cultures

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Start at the Native American Cultures Web site.

  • Scroll down the list of Annotated Links on the left of the screen and click on Stories/Legends.
  • Scroll down and click on Origin of Fire.

After you have read the story, answer the following questions.

Who taught Fox to fly? [Fox did not ask; the geese offered.]
What must Fox never do while flying?
What happened when Fox opened his eyes?
How did Fox get fire?
Write a story using animals or other elements of nature (such as the wind or sun) to describe another way fire might have been brought to humankind.
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