Cultural Video Series

Storytelling, songs, and tribal culture

This week's cultural video

Indian Education is continuing to share a series of short cultural videos for our students and families. This week, our presenter Gordon Yellowman continues teaching about the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes and their history and traditions.

About Gordon Yellowman, Cheyenne & Arapaho

Gordon Yellowman, Sr., is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. He has extensive knowledge of Cheyenne history, customs, traditions, and religious beliefs. Has 20+ years, experience working, and administering federal and tribal programs. Gordon has curated 5 exhibitions on various cultural and art topics of Cheyenne and Arapaho arts and traditional arts.

As you are watching this video, answer the following questions:

  1. How is the connection made with Cheyenne names?
  2. Why is history a powerful tool?
  3. How are traditional laws explained and what are they?

Cheyenne and Arapaho Culture and History

As you are watching this video, answer the following questions:

  1. What are the Peace Medals and who gave them to the Cheyenne?
  2. How did the story of the British and their red coats become a part of Cheyenne regalia?
Cheyenne and Arapaho Practices and Regalia

As you are watching this video, answer the following questions:

  1. What are examples of a Cheyenne boy's transition to becoming an adult within the Cheyenne traditions?
  2. Explain what the "special forces" are in the Cheyenne tribe.
  3. What important roles do Cheyenne women have within their tribe?

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Government

Optional Extension Activity - Plains Tribal Designs

Tribes have special art characteristics and symbols that represent the location they come from. Mr. Yellowman in the videos mentioned some designs belonging to the Cheyenne. These are examples of tribes from the plains region of the United States.


1. One piece of blank white paper

2. Crayons, colored pencils, or markers

3. Optional: a ruler


  • Select a design from the picture below.
  • Re-draw the design the best you can on a blank sheet of paper.
  • Take your time and create your drawing as neat as possible.
  • When you are finished, take a picture of your design and share it with
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If you missed last weeks Cheyenne & Arapaho Cultural Video Series, click on the link here: