Lakota Winter Counts

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials
Date Posted: 6/17/2009

Winter counts are calendars that the Lakota used to mark the passage of time. This online exhibition features a searchable database of Smithsonian winter count images, a documentary about Lakota history and culture and video interviews with Lakota people Through the use of this website, Students will learn about Native American culture by examining winter counts and listening to the stories of the people with personal connections to the winter-count-keeping tradition. A teacher's guide includes background information, guidelines for teaching about winter counts, downloadable images and lesson plans for students in grades K-10.