The Warrior Tradition | Watch & Wonder Weekly Highlight

Tuesday, November 7, 2 PM

For next week’s Watch & Wonder Highlight, we’re thrilled to feature the film The Warrior Tradition. After watching, dive deeper with resources about the many and varied reasons why Native Americans have chosen to fight on behalf of the U.S. throughout history on PBS LearningMedia.

The Warrior Tradition tells the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely-untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. Why would Indian men and women put their lives on the line for the very government that took their homelands? The film relates the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view – stories of service and pain, of courage and fear.

PBS LearningMedia

The Warrior Tradition collection

Grades 2-12
Native Americans enlist and serve in the U.S. military at rates that proportionally far exceed every other ethnic group. The Warrior Tradition explores the many and varied reasons why Native Americans have chosen to fight on behalf of the U.S. throughout history. These curriculum materials include lesson plans for grades 2 through 12, a discussion guide, and a classroom poster that will help students learn about Native American culture, traditions, and history. The lesson plans are aligned to the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Thematic Strands cover a variety of topics, such as examining culture, defining the word “warrior,” Navajo Code Talkers, honoring soldiers, and warrior women.

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