Education

Native American Educational Presentations

The Red Road is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to educate students on the lives of Native Americans. Our goal is to allow children to see the world through the eyes of Native Americans in hopes of developing in them a greater heart of acceptance for all things Native and all things culturally different.

The Red Road is a term used among Native Americans that means to pursue life in a Native way. By teaching children the truth about our culture, we hope to instill in them the importance of respecting the land, different cultures and other people.

Throughout history our way of life has been reduced to little more than a caricature of what it once was. Because of the lack of accurate information regarding the heritage of North America’s first inhabitants, young people are growing up with a cartoon-like perception of how the people, indigenous to North America, actually lived and related to one another. Through school visits, demonstrations, workbooks and classroom participation we will teach the children of today about the American inhabitants of yesterday in hopes of building a better tomorrow.

Classroom diversity and an appreciation of other cultures are imperative to developing an “accepting” heart. Many schools have programs and animated movies, which depict these self-perpetuating myths, which serve as the primary source of education regarding Native Americans. We will strive to dispel these myths and false beliefs that continue to plague our people and, consequently, our nation. The Red Road gives students the opportunity to learn from Native Americans about our lives before the Europeans came to America, life on the reservations and about Natives in the 21st century.

Classroom presentations are different with each class, but primarily consist of:

  • Presentation in full regalia
  • Native American dance demonstration
  • Games played
  • Brief history
  • Learn Native American words
  • Native American view of Thanksgiving and other historical events
  • Stories
  • Daily life of Native children…300 years ago
  • Native children jobs/responsibilities
  • Show-n-tell
  • Use of the land and animals
  • Foods
  • Musical Instruments
  • Singing
  • Coloring Books
  • Crafts
  • Q & A time

To book The Red Road to come to your school, please contact us at 615-595-5706 or info@TheRedRoad.org.