ANCIENT VILLAGES AND TOTEM POLES OF THE NISG̱A'A

Maps

Relationships between Nisga’a and their geographical context and how it impacts their lives
Identify one Nisga’a village. Examine the map and describe the geographical context of the village. Based on your observations of the map and prior knowledge of relationships between people and their geographical context, infer the villagers’ ways of life—how they might plausibly have interacted with their geographical context, and with each other. Compare your inferences to historical evidence (historical and current accounts and photos), and describe and explain similarities and differences.

Social context and how it influences relationships within a village and among villages
Identify one Nisga’a village. Examine the map and then infer from your observations and prior knowledge the village’s social context. Represent in some concrete way your inferences about the social interactions of the villagers with each other and their neighbors. Compare your inferences to historical evidence, and describe and explain similarities and differences.

Situate and represent
Locate the Nisga’a villages that are depicted on this website map. Use another historical map to help you figure out where the Nisga'a villages were located within the larger context of the land that is now BC. Now use your sense of observation to examine a current map of BC to find out how both the Nisga’a villages and surrounding context of BC have changed. Represent your observations in some concrete way. Use your observations and prior knowledge to help you infer why you think such changes have occurred.

Resources
 
Books:
 
K. Campbell et al. (2003). BC First Nations Studies. Text and Teacher Guide for Grade 12. Victoria, BC: BC Ministry of Education and Pacific Educational Press, UBC.
Supports 2006 BC First Nations Studies Integrated Resource Package. (Student text includes excerpts from historical/current documents, case studies, biographies, photos and maps of First Nations history and cultures.)

BC First Nations Studies 12: Integrated Resource Package (2006). Victoria, BC: Government Publication Series.
  
Websites:  

List of resources (French and English) for variety of aboriginal settlement groups.
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/premierescommunautes/jeunesse/021013-1100-e.html#s
 
BC Ministry of Education. First Nations Peoples of British Columbia map.
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/abed/images/map2.jpg
 
BC map website.
http://www.hellobc.com/NR/rdonlyres/196F50E4-DC25-4CEF-9E49-89B6EC18011C/0/BC01.pdf.