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These sacred stories explain the origins of aspects of six different Native American civilizations. The stories have been passed down, mostly orally, but also through pictographs and records, from generation to generation. Like any myth or legend, these stories aren’t necessarily intended to be interpreted literally. Rather, they're are filled with metaphors and symbolism to illustrate to the listener the main messages. As a result, students are to understand that the stories function to answer fundamental questions about a community’s existence: Who are we? Why are we here? How did this happen?
Lesson summary, support materials, and national standards alignments are available below the video of each Native American Sacred Story.