Educational Resources

The Common Pot – The Recovery of Native Space in the North East – Lisa Brooks (Abenaki author)

Lisa Brooks demonstrates the ways in which Native leaders—including Samson Occom, Joseph Brant, Hendrick Aupaumut, and William Apess—adopted writing as a tool to reclaim rights and land in the Native networks of what is now the northeastern United States.

She shows that writing was not a foreign technology but rather a crucial weapon in the Native Americans’ arsenal as they resisted—and today continue to oppose—colonial domination.

Algonquian Peoples of Long Island – John A. Strong

This map is in honor of all the Indigenous Nations [of colonial states]. It seeks to encourage people — Native and non-Native — to remember that these were once a vast land of autonomous Native peoples, who called the land by many different names according to their languages and geography. The hope is that it instills pride in the descendants of these People, brings an awareness of Indigenous history and remembers the Nations that fought and continue to fight valiantly to preserve their way of life.

Teaching Respect for Native Peoples

Native Knowledge 360 Degrees – Smithsonian Museum 

Native Knowledge 360° provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history, cultures, and contemporary lives.

Smithsonian’s NMAI Skype in the Classroom

In partnership with Native peoples and their allies, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) fosters a richer shared human experience through a more informed understanding of Native peoples. The NMAI is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex.

Learning Resources Based on the Tribes of Long Island

Shinnecock Tribe

We Are Still Here: The Algonquian Peoples of Long Island Today – Nov 1, 1996, John Strong

The Shinnecock, Then and Now
These materials were written and compiled by the Shinnecock Curriculum Writing Committee. The Committee included representation from Southampton School District and the Shinnecock Indian Nation. These lessons and activities are appropriate for students in grades K – 4.


Montaukett Tribe

The History & Archaeology of the Montauk – Jan 1, 1993, Gaynell Stone

The Montaukett Indians of Eastern Long Island – Feb 15, 2006, John Strong


Unkechaug Tribe

The Unkechaug Indians of Eastern Long Island: A History – John A. Strong

Spirit of the Turtle: An Unkechaug Boy’s Adventures aboard a 19th-Century Whaling Vessel – Lara Strong (non-indigenous author)
The year is 1848. The sea beckons——a vast unexplored world of adventure and opportunity. But for 14-year-old Solomon Ward, a boy from Long Island’s Poospatuck Reservation, the call of the sea stirs deeper ambitions. Inspired by the tales of Absalom Boston, the great Wampanoag whaler who captained his own vessel, Solomon signs on to the Maryann, a ship sailing out of Cold Spring Harbor. He aspires not only to ease his family’s financial burdens but to honor the whaling traditions of his forefathers and attain similar glory. First, however, he must unravel the secrets of the ship——unexplained blue lights in the dark of night, macabre noises, and the furtive conduct of his fellow crewmembers. He inadvertently becomes embroiled in a search for lost ambergris——worth its weight in gold. But it’s on a whale hunt that he ultimately discovers his true capabilities and desires. Join Solomon on his journey from Long Island to the distant ports of Rio, Valparaiso, and Honolulu and on to the Arctic Ocean. History, culture, and the natural setting are deeply entwined in this magical tale of adventure aboard a 19th-century whaling ship. Anyone who has enjoyed Sue Monk Kidd’s The Anatomy of Wings or the novels of Scott O’Dell will love Spirit of the Turtle.