Great Basin Wickiup
Investigating a Great Basin Wickiup teaches students about the use of wickiups and the people who used them approximately 5,000 years ago in Colorado, through authentic archaeological and historical inquiry.
Instructions for the Teacher:
The teacher’s document is 35 pages, consisting of background information and four sections corresponding with the student notebook. It includes a brief history of the use of wickiups throughout the Great Basin and about the people who used them. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site of a wickiup at the Dirty Shame Rock Shelter are provided for students.
Student Archaeology Notebook:
The student notebook is 32 pages of articles and activities about a wickiup at the Dirty Same Rock Shelter site. Ms. Minerva Soucie, a Northern Paiute whose ancestors lived in wickiups, guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology, students discover artifacts left behind and how experimental archaeology assists in interpreting site and how artifacts may have been used.