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Influence of the Horse


Students will use the 2012 Native American $1 Coin to understand the influence of the horse on Native American culture and traditions.


The 2012 Native American $1 Coin reverse features a Native American and horse in profile with horses running in the background, representing the historical spread of the horse.  Read the February Coin of the Month to learn more.

Have the students speculate how the horse influenced Native American life, specifically in the areas of culture, traditions, clothing, roles of women, and tribal identity.  Discuss each area as a class and then create a sequence map with the students.

Using information from the Coin of the Month page, class discussions, and the sequence map, invite the students to further research specific items (such as clothing, toys, saddles, blankets, quirts, and decorative pieces), focusing on their importance and how they were developed or altered as the horse became a part of the culture.

Have the students find images of several of these items highlighting the specific colors, materials, and craftsmanship used.  Have the students present their images and summarize their research findings.

Make a Connection

The 2012 Native American $1 Coin lesson plans are now available on the United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site for use in your classroom.  Take a look at these lesson plans, created specifically to celebrate the 2012 Native American $1 Coin:

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