Long Before We Were Born

35-minute DVD, with 75-page teacher guide Suggested for 2nd – 3rd grades Exploring the concept of community by comparing the ways we meet our basic needs today with the ways different tribal groups met them long ago. DVD In this 35-minute documentary film, 23 individuals from 14 tribal nations across the Great Plains and Pacific Northwest regions share their knowledge of how people lived before modern conveniences. The topics explored include food and water, shelter, staying warm, money, transportation, and communication — all within the context of the “natural community.” The final chapter of the film includes a S’Klallam story told by Elaine Grinnell (Jamestown S’Klallam).

Instructions & Study Guide

Native Voices DVDs w/Teacher Guides Series – User Instructions

All the following DVD’s have been transferred to Adobe Presenter. The presentation will automatically start. In order to view the presentation you will need to have the latest version of Flash Player installed on your computer. Make sure that your speakers are turned on so that you can hear the professor speaking.

Using the Playbar:
All Adobe Presenter presentations have a playbar that allows you to navigate through the PPT slides. You will be able to play, pause, go forward, go backward, adjust volume, access attachments, and adjust the layout of the presentation using the playbar . Refer tothe figure below for a description of which icon performs each one of these functions.

Presenter Control Bar

Adobe Presenter has two layout views. The full layout displaying the full playbar and full tab panel, and a streamlined layout displaying only a small control panel. The smaller control panel works well for smaller screens. To expand to the full layout and access the tabs click on the “Layout” located in the lower right hand corner of the small control panel.

Small Control Panel

Adobe Presenter allows for download of the Native Voices DVD supplemental matierals. Materials include Teacher Guide, Quicktime movie of each chapter, maps, activities and more

.Simply click on the “Paper Clip” icon within the presentation to access the file list.

Then select the item for download. Download should begin immediately.


* In order to fully utilize the DVD series as an educational resource please see our quick user instructions that will help you navigate the Adobe Presentations of the Native Voices DVD series.

Guide features: This 75-page guide is designed to expand on main themes presented in the film by providing Pre- and Post-Viewing activities supplemented by maps, charts and templates. Blackline masters and instructions are included. These activities serve to enhance and integrate understanding of tribal geography, relationship to the environment, nutrition, economics, travel/transportation, symbolic communication, and oral tradition. Each chaptered section contains features designed to facilitate student understanding of the topics and themes, along with suggested activities. These features include: * Key Concepts * Vocabulary / Spelling * Geographical Places * Plants & Animals * Oral Tradition * Essential Questions * Transcript Text of DVD narrative Supplemental Maps & Materials * Geographical Base Map of the Northwest * Northwest Tribal Homeland Territories Map * Map of Tribal Locations in America * Trade Cards activity materials for Lewis & Clark, Wishram & Nez Perce