Discover the past through evidence from an archaeological site in Wyoming! 
In this investigation students will use Montana and Wyoming geography, history, and archaeology to learn about a Plains Tipi and the Crow people who lived in them. Examine an archaeological site in Wyoming. Your students will read an oral history from Dr. Joe Medicine Crow, a Crow tribal elder, analyze historic photographs, and “uncover” a real archaeological site. Explore the use of traditional Crow architecture, and the benefits of using indigenous technology to solve problems today. This book incorporates authentic archaeological and historical research paired with oral histories to teach students about the use and importance of the Tipi in the past and present lives of Crow people.



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Instructions for the Teacher:

The teacher’s document is 28 pages, consisting of background information and four sections corresponding with the student notebook. It includes a brief history of different types of tipi construction specific to different tribes. Quadrant maps from the archaeological site, Walker Tipi Site in Wyoming are provided for students to study and use.

Student Archaeological Notebook:

The student notebook is 32 pages of articles and activities about the Walker Tipi Site. Dr. Medicine Crow guides students through the investigation. Through archaeology, the study of historic photographs, and oral histories students learn about the importance of the tipi in past and present communities.


When you buy Investigating a Crow Plains Tipi you will also receive the essential companion products: Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter and access to online introductory videos.

Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter provides teachers and students with seven fundamental lessons on shelter and archaeology. With this pre-requisite, students are ready for Lesson Eight, an investigation of a shelter from the past, such as the Crow Plains Tipi. Finally, in Lesson Nine of Investigating Shelter students learn the enduring understanding that stewardship of archaeological sites and artifacts is everyone’s responsibility. Taught together, Investigating Shelter and “Investigating a Crow Plains Tipi” is a complete, comprehensive unit that truly allows for a deep understanding of shelter and archaeology. More information

Investigating Shelter videos are a professional development experience for educators in lieu of attending a Project Archaeology workshop. Watch Project Archaeology lessons in action! See a professional development workshop and a teacher guiding a 4th grade class through Investigating Shelter. Instructors model Understanding by Design and archaeological inquiry. Plus, see interviews with teachers and students! The videos are also available on our Teacher Page.

    1. Introduction – Why archaeology matters
    2. Investigating Shelter and Understanding by Design
    3. Lesson Two: By Our Houses You Will Know Us
    4. Lesson Four: Observation, Inference, and Evidence
    5. Lesson Six: Context Game
    6. Lesson Eight: Being an Archaeologist