Wappo Indians of Napa County

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Grade and Unit: Grade 3 Unit 2a

Standards Alignment

History-Social Science Grade 3

3.2 Students describe the American Indian nations in their local region long ago and in the recent past, in terms of:

1. the national identities, religious beliefs, customs, and various folklore traditions

2. how physical geography including climate influenced the way the local Indian nation(s) adapted to their natural environment (e.g., how they obtained their food, clothing, tools)

3. the economy and systems of government, particularly those with tribal constitutions

4. the interaction of new settlers with the already established Indians of the region

Chronological and Spatial Thinking

1. students place key events and people of the historical era they are studying both in a chronological sequence and within a spatial context

3. students explain how the present is connected to the past, identifying both similarities and differences between the two, and how some things change over time and some things stay the same

4. students use map and globe skills to determine the absolute locations of places and interpret information available through the map's legend, scale, and symbolic representations

5. students judge the significance of the relative location of a place (e.g., close to a harbor, trade routes) and analyze how those relative advantages or disadvantages can change over time

Research, Evidence and Point of View

1. students differentiate between primary and secondary sources


English/Langauge Arts

1.0. WRITING STRATEGIES: Students write clear and coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea. Their writing considers audience and purpose. They successfully use the stages of the writing process (i.e., pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing successive versions).
Organization and Focus:
1.1. create a single paragraph that
(1) develops a topic sentence
(2) includes simple supporting facts and details

The Wappo Indians of Napa County web pages were a challenge to research. There is little information that is readily available to the average person. The Napa County Library has a file of newspaper clipping and articles in it's children's section, but it is limited. The Santa Rosa Library Annex has some books that were placed there by U.C. Berkeley dealing with local history. It is a good resource, but difficult to draw from. Much of my information was found there.

As much as possible, information was included on these pages after it was confirmed from more than one source. There are conflicting reports as to the number of Wappos, location of village sites, and customs. The lack of first hand information that is not influenced by government policy makes some sources questionable as to validity.

These pages will be updated from time to time. Hopefully, there will be photos from village sites, new photos of jewelry and baskets, and extended links to other Native American sites.

The Napa Valley Museum in Yountville has a traveling Wappo Trunk Museum which is a terrific resource. They are possibly expanding their Wappo exhibit in the future.

I would welcome any ideas to improve the usefulness of these pages. It was created with students in mind.

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