1. What kind of info have tribes decided to provide and emphasize; were hands-on
activities helpful and why (Use 3-4 examples that impressed you).
AZ's First People
exhibit was very interesting because it was able to
efficiently summarize the histories of Arizona's original 21 Native American tribes into a fun and
The roots of each of these tribe's culture and history go back many years,
and each has much that can be learned about, but through the displays at this particular exhibit
the tribes were able to show what they want the people to know about them.
I learned a lot from
their displays, and after looking at all of them I can conclude that the three main pieces of
information presented were that in the mid 1800s european/white settlers tore apart Native
families, homelands, population, etc., that their relationship with their environment and land is
very important, and that to this day they stay close to their language and culture through school,
songs, dance, organizations, etc.
First, the fact that foreign settlers tore apart tribes is brought up in almost every display,
especially in the case of the Navajo.
In 1862, thousands of Dine' were gathered and forced to
walk hundreds of miles to Fort Sumner.
The military burned their homes and crops, and
slaughtered their sheep and people.
The case is similar for tribes such as the Fort McDowell
Indians, Tonto Apache, San Carlos Apache, and Yavapai-Prescott, who were all forced to move
to a reservation in San Carlos in the mid 1800s.
The natives' time on reservations was very hard
There was little food and water, and many died of disease.
All of the other 21 tribes
were negatively affected by foreign settlers in some way; whether it being forced to a reservation
of some sort or having their homeland destroyed due to Mormons or the gold rush.
many of these tribes were hunt and gatherers, and being restricted to a piece of land drastically
changed their lives since they could no longer move around to hunt or trade.
Another topic brought up in many of the displays was the Native's connection with their