Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District

11800 State Highway 96
Hoopa, CA 95546
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To order curriculum contact Billie Sanderson at (530) 625-5600 ext 2334

The Klamath-Trinity Curriculum Project, a Project under the Klamath-Trinity School District's Indian Education Program, is dedicated to producing Native American cultural curriculum materials of the highest quality that address the state standards.

Indians of Northwest California
1992, Reprinted in 1999
Suggested for grades K-5

This 12-unit binder helps fill the need for relevant and accurate materials dealing with Native American culture. This book provides specific, in-depth information about tribal groups in Northwest California which can be integrated into language, literature, social studies, science and math curriculum. $45

  • Seven units adhere to the California State History/Social Science Framework and can be used as a supplement to the adopted text. Subjects include tribal law, the history of education. technology, housing and traditional foods.
  • Five units correspond to the English/Language Arts Framework and are appropriate for a Literature-Based Program. Each centers on a Native American story. Correstponding video versions for three stories are available.
  • Every unit includes background information, photographs, student actvities which follow the main theme of the unit, and a unit assessment. Also included are many maps, illustrations, worksheets, coloring pages and games.
  • Appropriate grade levels (K-5) are suggested for each unit; however, many of the activities can be adapted to younger or older students.

Individual Units Available

Unit 13
The Theft of Fire
Suggested for grades 6-8
This individualy bound, 24-page booklet complements the 14-minute video. This unit features the traditional Yurok story theme of stealing fire from the sun, and highlights the complex Native American technology of creating fire without matches. It includes cross-curricular activities in writing, reading, history, social science, art, and PE, as well as many hands-on science activities for the classroom.

Unit 14
A Time of Resistance
California Indians During the Mission Period 1769-1848
written by Sarah Supahan
Suggested for grades 4-5
62 pages of integrated activities for teachers who want to bring balance to the presentation of California History. This unit can empower students to see their world in new ways. Highly recommended.

Unit 15
Points of View vs. Historical Bias: Recognizing bias in Texts About Native Americans
written by Sarah Supahan
Suggested for grades 4-12
17-page unit looks at the difference between a point of view and a bias, then looks at passages from real history books about Indian people and how the use of certain "loaded" words affects the meaning of the text in a way that shows bias.

Respectful Living Series - Being a Responsible Person
Written by Sarah Supahan
Suggested for grades 7-10
This unit emphasizes the Character Education goal of "Responsibility".  With an emphasis on a local story, the role model of a well known Hupa Indian leader and the idea of "planting acorns", the unit incorporates small group activities, classroom games, the writing process, art, music, and technology with California Indian culture.  All overheads and worksheets are included.  The California Content Standards addressed in the unit are clearly visible.
$10.00 each

Why Coyote Has the Best Eyes
Suggested for grades K-3
Coyote, who of course, always wants the best of everything, decides to trick Fish into switching eyes with him so he can have the best eyes. This flip-book, with beautifully-colored illustrations is excellent for the youngest of story listeners.
BIG BOOK: $10 

Little Acorn
written by Sarah Supahan
Illustrated by Bari G.M. Talley

2002, this book is appealing and versatile-can be used for science units too. It is a circle of life story. The beautiful color illustrations depict the mountain/river environment and include characters like Stellar Jay and Blue-tailed Skink.
English version suggested for grades K-2.
For your early reader book collections. Available in English, Hupa, Karuk and Yurok languages.
$6 each

How Many?
Written by Sarah Supahan and Rose Leazer
illustrated by Debra McConnell and Karen Noble

1996, a counting book featuring Coyote and Salmon and stick game players.
English version suggested for grades 1-2. For your early reader book collections. Available in English, Hupa, Karuk and Yurok languages.
$6.00 each
Guess What?
Written and produced by 
Irene Treesong and Emerald McInerney
A children's book for emerging readers.  There are 42 words in this book about a child planting an acorn in hopes that it will grow into a big oak tree.
$5.00 each

Student Created Books - These Stories Will Appeal to All Ages
$5.00 each

Why Hummingbird Can Fly Backwards
Written and illustrated  by Ellen Sanders Raigosa
This children's story is an original telling of a story created in the style of old myths and legends.  It incorporates Yurok words into the finely developed plot.
Spey-gee and K'itsa;y
Written by Taura Cosce
Illustrated by Ish-Kaysh Tripp
This is a story about a day in the life of two hawks that are best friends.  Spey-gee is a Yurok word meaning hawk, K'itsa:y is a big bird in the Hupa language.  
The Baby Brown Bear
Written by Karen Lewis
Illustrated by Brittany Gower.  
This children's story is about a bear cub whose mothers gets shot by a hunter.  Rangers rescue the mother bear, and she is lated reunited with her cub.  The vivid pictures, and story were created by students.
Native Language Books
Created by Indian Education Program Staff
These children's books, written in the Yurok language, were translated by students enrolled in the Hoopa High School Yurok Class.  They can be translated, and printed in any language that can be typed on a computer.  They are a great resource for beginning language learners.
$5.00 each

O' Tey-nem' Hor-re'mes 
(The Place Where There Are Many Animals) depicts farmyard animals.  
Wai Hor-re'-mes
(Here are Animals) features wild animals in their natural habitat.

Chue-kee Hop-kok-see Hor-re'-mes
(Lets Count Animals) identifies the unique Yurok counting system for animals.
$30 each
The Theft of Fire
(14 minutes)
Suggested for grades 6-8
The Theft of Fire video opens with a Yurok family preparing to cook acorns on the Klamath River in Northern California and information about Yurok creation stories.  The video ends with a demonstration of the traditional way to start fire and the cooking of acorn soup.  The story is told in English and Yurok by Yurok Elder Jimmy James, and is illustrated by noted Native artist Frank Tuttle.
How Panther Got Tear Marks
(11 minutes)
Suggested for grades 4-6
Enhanced with "imagineering", a process of combining artwork and special video effects, this presentation of a traditional Karuk story is told in both English and Karuk languages in running translation by a fluent elder.  Featured are beautiful scenes of Karuk ancestral lands along the Klamath River, a hunting song, and real life footage of the panther and other animals.
Karuk Basket Makers, A Way of Life
(22 minutes)
Suggested for grades 4-6
This video shows women and girls engaged in learning the art of basket-making from Karuk elders who still practice it.  Types and uses of baskets are discussed, as well as the gathering and preparation of materials.  With watercolor illustrations, "The Greedy Father" story is told, a cautionary tale that both guides behavior and explains the origin of the plants used in basket-making.
Tribal Law
(15 minutes)
Suggested for all ages
This Tribal Law Video and FAQ booklet helps you to resolve class conflicts using a modified form of tribal law called "settle-up".  This program teaches how to work toward student-led mediation in the classroom by teaching background history of what types of laws are involved in traditional Hupa/Karuk/Yurok life.  Included in the curriculum is a game to play and pre/post tests.  The main objective of settle-up is to help students take responsibility for their actions, and make reparations to a person who has had his/her feelings hurt - not to punish.