Native Studies – Community & Kinship Presentation

Your task is to prepare a presentation on an indigenous group native to present day Canada. You will be working in groups of 3-4. Your presentation can be done on PowerPoint, Prezi, Google Slides, or any other presentation software that you confirm with me. You are graded on your presentation itself, as well as the quality of your information. You must use a variety of sources for your information, which should be included in the final slide of your presentation. Make sure research and presentation duties are shared evenly; it is not my job to police this, so choose your partners wisely. Your presentation should address the following questions.

  1. Who is your group, and where did they live?
  2. How did your group survive? What was daily life like for members of this group?
  3. How does your group govern itself? (Who is in charge? How do they make decisions? How do they pick leaders, etc?)
  4. What were the roles and functions of family? What roles did family and community  have in shaping the individual? 
  5. What were your group’s traditional child rearing practices?
  6. How were members of your group educated? Who was in charge of educating individual members of your group?
  7. What are the roles of genders within your group?
  8. Identify differences between traditional indigenous family life and contemporary family life.

Only one group of presenters may research each cultural group. The following are some groups you can choose; if you are interested in studying a different First Nations group, see me.

  • Cree
  • Ojibwe
  • Dene
  • Blackfoot
  • Mohawk
  • Inuit
  • Mi’kmaq
  • Dunneza
  • Kaska
  • Tagish
  • Kaska
  • Southern and Northern Tutchone

Some pro-tips for excellent marks:

  • Your information should be in your own words. No copy-pasting.
  • Include only essential information on your slides – make cue cards with the rest of the information. You should not be reading your own slideshow, word for word.
  • Include pictures, but not too many – your presentation should be visually appealing, but not too busy/cluttered.
  • Speak loudly enough that the entire class can hear you; practice good posture, eye-contact with your audience, and appropriate body language.
  • Know your information and pronunciations beforehand. It should not seem like you are reading this information for the first time when you are presenting.



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