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, we learn about the culture, history, and traditions of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes from our presenter Gordon Yellowman.

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 of 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. He is co-author of numerous exhibition catalogs and scholarly texts, in 2016, the Donald Danforth Jr. Collection, at the St. Louis Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri.

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


  1. What were the Cheyenne referred to before they came to the plains?
  2. What prediction was made by Sweet Medicine?
  3. What tribe did the Cheyenne meet and become friends with?
Cheyenne and Arapaho Animals and Symbols Part I

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

  1. What would happen to the migration path of the buffalo during a drought?
  2. Why do you think Sweet Medicine turned into a buffalo calf?
  3. Retell this story either; in your own words, or, illustrate the story.
Cheyenne and Arapaho Animals and Symbols Part II

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


  1. Illustrate a scene in the story.
  2. Retell whole or part of the story in your own words.
Cheyenne and Arapaho Creation Story

Optional Extension Activity - Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Seal

A tribal seal is an official symbol used by a tribe to show who they are and what is important to them. The tribal seal can represent the tribe's culture, history, and goals for the future.


Supplies:

1. One piece of blank white paper or a printer to print the seal.

2. Crayons, colored pencils, or markers


Instructions:

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