Thursday, August 8, 2013

Newspaper Cut-Outs of American Indians

 March 07, 1956.  "There are many tribes of Indians scattered over the North American continent and today we will visit the Blackfeet in the northwest.  Here are two children of this tribe.  The Blackfeet originally were wanderers because they had to follow their food supply.  That's why they live in movable tents called teepees.  Their clothing is made of buffalo, deer and elk skins decorated with beads, shells and porcupine quills.  The little girl wears bright shells in her hair and carries a corn husk doll.  The boy wears a dyed eagle feather and carries a small bow.  Both wear moccasins.  In the background are the teepees of their tribe.  Color the picture with crayons or paints.  Make the clothing tan and the ornaments all sorts of bright colors.  The doll is yellow and the bow red.  Cut out the picture carefully and fold back the ends of each figure.  Now the Indian boy and girl will stand up for you."
 March 09, 1956.  "Indians usually did not build permanent homes.  Instead they roamed about the country, following the food supply.  When the crops failed or the game was not plentiful they moved elsewhere.  Pulling up their tents, the Indians carried their belongings on drags pulled by ponies.  Much of the household equipment was carried by the women.  The small babies, called papooses, were carried in leather bags with board supports on the mothers' back.  When not traveling, the mothers hung these bed boards on the branch of a tree.  If you would like a traveling papoose, color this picture brightly.  Then paste down on thin cardboard.  Cut out the parts carefully.  Paste the extra flaps behind the papoose at either side as indicated and fold forward over the baby.  Punch holes in the ends of the bed and thread a string through them.  If you hang the papoose on a hook the baby can swing gently back and forth."
March 10, 1956.  "In the days when the English were colonizing Virginia there lived near the Chesapeake a powerful tribal chief, Powhatan.  Though he had brave sons, his pride was his pretty daughter Pocahontas.  One of the leaders of the English settlement at Jamestown was Captain John Smith.  One day he was captured, brought before Powhatan for trial and sentenced to die.  But just as the ax was about to fall, Pocahontas went to her father, and under ancient tribal law, claimed the life of the captive.  Powhatan granted the request and the story has become an American legend.  After Smith returned to England, Pocahontas was captured by the English and later married Captain John Rolfe who took her to England.  For your Pocahontas portrait, color this picture with crayons and paste down on cereal box cardboard.  Cut out the figure carefully.  Then fold back the ends and it will stand.  Place the cape across Pocahontas' shoulders and fold back the tabs to keep it in place."

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