This lesson begins with the mystery of the bone tool. From this evidence students use primary sources to draw their own conclusions, evaluating the results of in-depth research by archaeologists, historians, ethnographers, and descendants of native peoples. Students are introduced to Virgil Swift, a descendent of the Wichita people. The unit takes students through the step-by-step construction of a grass house, how such a structure was built, from what materials, and by whom. Students complete the unit by learning about the market economy: starting a local business, the benefits and costs of local materials, and building demand through marketing.
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