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UNIT E

FRENCH FUR TRADE & PUBLIC ART TRIBUTES

  1. French Fur Trade & Public Art Tributes Unit-Teachers Guide

Osage & French Fur Trading Mural

Osage Mural
Osage Mural in Cuba, MO, by Osage artist Norman Akers
Grades 3-5 & 6-12 Social Studies Language Arts Art

Through interpretation of public works of art, students discover historical context of the early fur trade between the Osage Indians and the French, the importance of early trails in today’s transportation routes, aspects of Osage clothing and material culture, and the eventual loss of Osage ancestral lands.

  1. Lesson Guide - Osage & French Trading Mural
  2. Osage & French Trading Mural - full image
  3. Osage & French Trading Mural Fact Sheet-Grades 3-5
  4. Osage & French Trading Mural Review Qs-Grades 3-5
  5. Osage & French Trading Mural Qs KEY-Grades 3-5
  6. Osage & French Trading Mural Fact Sheet-Grades 6-12
  7. Osage & French Trading Mural Review Qs-Grades 6-12
  8. Osage & French Trading Mural Qs KEY-Grades 6-12

Public Art & Community Murals - Place-based Activities

Osage mural, Hominy, Oklahoma
Osage mural, Hominy, Oklahoma
Grades 3-12 Social Studies Art

Students will apply the concept of public art to their own community and its heritage, discovering existing works, designing their own mural to fit local community; research the process of creating large-scale murals.

  1. Public Art & Community Murals - Place-based Activities

Chouteaus - French Fur Traders

Osage Mural
French Fur Traders on Osage Mural in Cuba, Missouri
Grades 6-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students read biography of prominent French trading family and answer key questions on economics of trade and cultural impact on region and Osage.

  1. Chouteaus Biography
  2. Chouteaus Biography Review Qs
  3. Chouteaus Biography Review Qs KEY

Evaluate Fur Trade Impact on Osage

Osage Mural
French Fur Traders on Mural in Cuba, Missouri
Grades 6-12 Social Studies Language Arts

First brainstorm on own, then review pro and con outline of impact of trade with Europeans on Native Americans (and the ecosystem), then take one side and write persuasive essay with supporting evidence.

  1. Discussion Pro & Con - outline points + Persuasive essay assignment