Webinar – How to Teach Thanksgiving: Resources for Young Children | September 29th

Alexis Bunten, Co-Director of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program and curriculum developer, guides attendees the learning activities, arts and crafts designed to teach young children about the importance of sharing, valuing nature, animal behavior, the three sisters, and more. Guest speakers include Danielle Greendeer, and Tony Perry, co-authors of the new picture book, Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story, for a reading and Q&A.

Download the curriculum and additional resources here and please do provide feedback if/when you use it.

Alexis Bunten, PhD, Co-Directs the Bioneers Indigeneity Program. She is an Alaska Native writer, media maker, consultant and educator. Her first book, “So, how long have you been Native?” Life as an Alaska Native Tour Guide (2015) won the Alaska Library Association Award for its originality, and depth. Her writing has appeared in First American Art Magazine, Cultural Survival Quarterly, American Indian magazine, and in many academic journals. Her first childrens’ book, Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story, co-authored with Danielle Hill and Tony Perry, was released in August 2022, and her second picture book, What Your Ribbon Skirt Means to Me: Deb Haaland’s Historic Inauguration, will be published in 2023. 

Alexis lives in Monterey, California with her partner, daughter, 3 dogs, cat and lizard. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, studying DNA and creating cultural tours. 

Danielle Hill, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Citizen, Hawk Clan.  Mother of five children, Julian, 17, Anysa 14, Maple 5, Quill 4, Tulsi 2, and wife of David Greendeer, Ho-Chunk/Narragansett. We are an art family and enjoy spending our days, crafting, painting, building, making wampum jewelry and spending days and nights at the beach.  As a writer, farmer, crafter, dancer and artist I always find inspiration from museum archives and collections.  When the children go to bed, I spend time looking at old photographs and imagining what life our ancestors lived.  Through the silence, I find motivation to create new imagery and stories.  I am also a seed steward of the King Philip Corn, a historically Wampanoag heirloom corn variety stolen during the King Philip War but now rematriated back into Wampanoag soil. When I am not out in the corn field or in the gallery, you can find me teaching a Native Food Systems Course for UMass Amherst Stockbridge school of Agriculture.  The future for me is to continue to merge my love of art and corn. 

Anthony Perry (Chickasaw) grew up in Oklahoma and now lives in England with his wife and young children. This is his second children’s book.  His first book, Chula the Fox, brings 18th century Chickasaw history to life and is being adapted into a film.  He works as a quality improvement manager in the National Health Service in England and volunteers with hospitals in Pakistan to improve health services. He loves history and enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.  

Perry has an undergraduate degree in comparative religion from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a master’s degree in public policy from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is currently working on a sequel to Chula the Fox.

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