Annie and the Old One:
Dinner in a Hogan
Curriculum Objective 6020-0201:
Identify cultural traits and values
that are inherited and acquired; i.e.,
family, religious, and cultural traditions, physical
The students are the learn further
examples of cultural traditions that are handed down from
one generation to another by listening to examples and
experiencing a semi-model of a part of Navajo
blankets (3-4) to spread on the floor of the "hogan"
five tables set in an open-ended hexagon
Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin, Jr. and
information about hogans
individual baking cups, one per student
1. Seat the students inside the
"hogan"; boys enter and turn to the left,
girls on the right according to tradition.
2. Read the background information
about hogans to students.
3. A tradition is something passed
down from generation to generation
4. Building hogans is only one
tradition in the Navajo culture. Weaving,
like in Annie and the Old One, is another.
5. Recipes that are passed down are
another. One of the main traditional food Navajos eat is
a flat, fried bread. It can be eaten with honey,
wrapped around meat, covered with toppings, etc.
6. Today we're going to try some
7. Pass around napkins and slices
of fry bread, rewarmed in microwave.
8. Students can dip in honey
spooned into baking cups.
9. Once students have their bread,
tell them that at night, during or after
dinner, an older member of the family would tell stories
about events in
their family's past, stories that taught lessons about
right and wrong,
stories that taught values and traditions.
10. Read Knots on a Counting
Rope while students eat.
11. Discuss the story. How was Boy
learning his history? How do we learn
about our own histories?
12. Encourage children to talk with
other family members over the
Thanksgiving holiday about traditions and stories about
13. If time, elicit some stories
from the children or tell on of your own.
14. Mostly just by teacher