Native American Unit Review Sheet Vocabulary

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Native American Unit Review Sheet



  1. Vocabulary – all 20 words will be on the test; you will have to identify the correct meaning based on how the word is used in a given sentence. No POS.




  1. Native American Notesthe four functions of a myth; common themes found in NA literature; the different types of NA literature; importance of mankind’s harmony with nature.




  1. The World on the Turtle’s Back”




  • Identify the characters and setting of this myth.

  • According to this myth, how was the world created?

  • What other natural phenomenon are explained in this myth?

  • Compare and contrast the right handed and left handed twin.

  • What it the purpose of the story of the two twins?

Buffalo & Coyote”




  • Identify the characters and setting of this myth.

  • What natural phenomenon does this myth explain? How is it explained?

  • Identify and describe all the tricksters within this story.

  • How does Coyote disrespect Native American values within this story?

  • What brings about the death of Coyote’s cow? What lesson is taught to the reader?

Fox, Coyote and Whale”


  • Identify the characters and setting of this myth.


  • What is the main conflict within this story? How is it resolved?

  • What natural phenomenon does this myth explain? How is it explained?

  • Identify all the tricksters within this story.

  • How is Coyote portrayed in this story?

Deer Woman”




  • Identify the characters and setting of this story.

  • What is the conflict within this story? How is it resolved?

  • Contrast the characters of Ray and Jackie.

  • Describe Ray and Jackie’s overall experience inside the mountain world.

  • What are the two possible explanations for Jackie’s death?

The Man to Send the Rainclouds”




  • Identify the characters and setting of this story.

  • What are the conflicts (internal and external) within this story? How are they resolved?

  • Identify the Laguna burial rituals described in the story.

  • For what purpose does Leon want holy water? What does he believe the use of it will bring? How does this compare to the Christian use (Father Paul) of holy water?

  • How is death regarded by the Laguna people?




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