Human Sustainability (Living Lightly – Summer)

Human Sustainability (Living Lightly – Summer)

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Human Sustainability


Create an interactive model to illustrate the relationships among (management of) natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity(Seasonal Round)


Students will understand that the sustainability of human societies (whole ecosystems) and the biodiversity that supports them requires responsible (management of) natural resources.

Spokane Tribal Values

Land and environment








Traditional Ecological Knowledge


Summer –

Root digging, Berry picking, inter-tribal activities

Year round  –

Toolmaking/repairs/maintenance, Moss, Trout, storytelling


Symbiotic Relationships

Lesson Plan

Root digging, Berry picking, inter-tribal activities

Brown camas – tribe goes to the spangle area (this area has been gone to for thousands of years). Other tribes

Used the same area for root digging as well. Land owner honors the land by keeping it natural and not tilling it or planting other things there. Baked underground for 3 days

Moss – Settlers believed that moss didn’t have nutritional value but in actuality it is high in calcium and fiber and was used as the first baby food. Rejuvenates itself by fragmenting (pieces break off and float to new spots to settle and repopulate. Only take off tamarack tree not pines. Baked underground for 3 days

Cedar – show students the differences between the trees. How to peel the cedar roots by wrapping them around a tree and see sawing back and forth.

Interrelationships between the organisms – tamarack allowing the

Moss to attach and grow on it and not being negatively effected

By it.


  • Photo Mosaic Project of plants and animals observed in the field Choice Board – Model of Summer Seasonal Round


Field trips – Moss, Brown Camas, Cedar (early summer); Tule, Bear/Whisker root (late summer)

Culture Week Acitivies

Materials Needed:

Short Video


Beginning of SUMMER –

Moss(4th) gathering and brown camas(MS) and cedar(5th)

(week Before Culture week)

Photo mosaic project to show the plants and animals seen out in

The field.

Culture Week activities

End of summer –

Tule gathering (grade school lesson to modify to HS)

Teach how to gather bear root/whisker root (xasxs – salish word) good for colds

Students will be given a choice board that will display a selection of different types of models. They can choose to create a web based model, paper model, etc. That will demonstrate their knowledge of the Summer Seasonal round

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