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Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids

An intertribal powwow connects the short stories of 16 Indigenous authors that explore Native culture, ethnic identity, and ancestry.
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  1. Sharing Ancestor Approved exposes students to multiple Native tribes and can help build their understanding that Native American does not refer to one group of people but the people who make up the more than 500 Native Nations and active thriving cultures in the United States.
  2. Have students learn more about the different Native Tribes which the authors of these stories and their main characters belong to. Many tribes have a website that can provide resources and answer questions, but if possible, help students seek knowledge from Native Elders in your community or through online video interviews to emphasize the value Indigenous cultures place on using oral language to transfer knowledge. Have students work in pairs or small groups to do their research on a specific tribe, then share what they learn in an oral presentation.

Questions for Discussion or Reflective Writing

  1. Do you enjoy short stories? What are some common themes you noticed throughout the poems and stories in this book?
  2. Did you have a favorite story in this collection, or any that particularly stood out to you? What was it about this story that caught your attention?
  3. Have you read any of the authors whose works were in this collection? Did this collection inspire you to pick up their other works?
  4. Why do you think it’s important to read stories and books by Indigenous authors? 

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Cynthia Leitich Smith talks about her inspiration for Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids.

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