Of Kayaks and Ulus: A Smithsonian Institution Curriculum Packet for Schools

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Packet includes a teacher's guide, "Of Kayaks and Ulus: The Bering Sea Eskimo Collection of Edward W. Nelson, The Man Who Collected 'Good-For-Nothing Things'" which covers the career of Edward W. Nelson and gives suggestions for developing a related curriculum. The booklets cover several aspects of Eskimo culture, including the Raven Creation Myth, Bering Sea Eskimo Daily Life, Nelson's Letters and Journals, and Secondary Sources. Many of these include photographs from the collection of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.


Nelson, Edward William


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Packet includes a teacher's guide, five booklets, and corresponding slides. Nelson collected for the United States National Museum.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu




  • Scientific expeditions
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  • National Collections
  • Eskimos
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  • Bering Sea
  • North America

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