Wondering how to celebrate Indigenous peoples day for elementary? Why not explore a few fantastic people with these easy STEM and art activities? Create art with Bronwyn Bancroft and Kenojuak Ashevak, explore space with John Herrington, and make a DIY stethoscope with Susan Picotte, the first female Indigenous person to earn a medical degree. These simple to-do projects are an awesome addition to your lesson plans and hands-on learning this year.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

WHO ARE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE?

Indigenous Peoples are distinct social and cultural groups that share collective ancestral ties to the lands and natural resources where they live, occupy or from which they have been displaced.

The land and natural resources on which they depend are inextricably linked to their identities, cultures, livelihoods, as well as their physical and spiritual well-being.

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WHY STUDY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES?

It is incredibly important to recognize and celebrate the contributions of all people around the world. Here, it is our goal to share their lives and works.

Let’s not share only the contributions of the same people we have all studied for years and years. Instead go ahead and shine the spotlight on remarkable men and women that don’t always get recognized including indigenous peoples.

There are so many people who make this world great… women, people of color, and indigenous peoples. Let’s do our best to share a mix of these exceptional people. Give your kiddos the opportunity to find someone like them to connect with or to be inspired by.

To extend the learning, you could explore more famous people from history around the world. Check out our Famous Artists and our Famous Scientists. Both feature a wide range of remarkable men and women, past and present to learn about.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ACTIVITIES

From the great outdoors to outer space, explore amazing Indigenous peoples who have made a significant contribution to our world. Each person listed below has a simple project available for kids to try as well as some basic information about their lives.

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Bronwyn Bancroft

Create a fun and colorful landscape painting inspired by Australian Indigenous artist, Bronwyn Bancroft.  Experiment with dot painting with our printable landscape template.

Bronwyn Bancroft has made an immense contribution to Australian children’s literature by providing representation for Indigenous storytellers and providing support for many local Indigenous artists.

Find this landscape art project here.

Also check out this colorful Bancroft ornament craft.

Kenojuak Ashevak

Canadian Indigenous artist Kenojuak Ashevak created amazing art inspired by nature. Get kids to create their own fun owl art project.

Kenojuak Ashevak became one of the most well-known Inuit artists after her work, The Enchanted Owl, was featured on a Canadian postage stamp.

Find this owl art project here.

John Herrington

John Herrington is a retired United States Naval Aviator, engineer, and former NASA astronaut. In 2002, Herrington became the first Native American in space.

He also served as the commander of the NEEMO 6 mission, living and working underwater for 10 days. Build your own Aquarius Reef Base from simple supplies for a fun STEM project.

Find this STEM project here.

Susan Picotte

Susan La Flesche Picotte, who was born in 1865, was one of the first American Indigenous peoples, and the first Indigenous woman, to earn a medical degree.

On many occasions, Dr Picotte would have used a stethoscope to treat patients. Build a working stethoscope you can try out yourself.

Find this DIY stethoscope project here.

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