From the native cultures and environments through Father Kino and the mission period to today's Tumacácori National Historical Park, southern Arizona has seen hundreds of years of cultural exchange. This multi-disciplinary guide takes students on a journey through language, science, history, and technology.
Students will learn about how people relied on the natural resources and how their lifestyles and actions may have effected the environments. Starting with Native American perspectives, the lessons discuss natural history, cultural and environmental themes and issues through present times.
Original, primary source text from mission records have been translated and digitized into a searchable database. Trace a person's life events, family members, occupation, and tribe.
National parks are valuable repositories of information including subject matter experts, photographs, and tangible objects. One of the founding principles of national parks is that this primary source information be preserved so that people may learn from it in the future. Students today may take advantage of this opportunity both in person and online.
Even in the days prior to step-by-step spoken instructions guided by satellites, maps communicated a great deal of information about a place. They could make a place look attractive or desolate, civilized or wild.
Introduces primary aged students to the culture and environment of Southern Arizona, specifically along the Santa Cruz River Valley. All activities are hands-on and easy to reproduce in the classroom.
Students will participate in simulated O'odham cultural activities to include an O’odham language lesson and role-playing various daily tasks such as food preparation, games, weaving and pot making. Students will place a fictional O'odham village along a Santa Cruz River map while using their knowledge of cultural needs and climate restrictions. They will describe the advantages of their chosen site and draw a sketch of their village.