Native American history has, in recent years, become an integral part of education in America. Clint Chartier conducts interactive, engaging school programs to offer students a true vision into Native American culture.
During his programs he is dressed in traditional Native American clothes he has made of deerskins. He creates a display in the room with his many authentic reproductions of what the Native people used in their daily lives. Buffalo hides with hand-painted pictographs, handcrafted tools, lances and war shields, headdresses, and adornments are an integral part of his program. He strives to create a rich and stimulating experience for students. He depicts the dangers of buffalo hunts; how they survived the harsh winters; the ways in which children were taught the old stories and necessary skills; and appreciation of nature’s bounty on which they depended. The importance of women’s roles within the tribe holds a fascination for students and teachers alike as such information is often unknown.
His passionate energy, knowledge and engaging method of teaching combine to make his lectures one of fascination and curiosity as students enrich their knowledge of true Native American culture. He has a natural instinct for transferring his material to the appropriate age levels whether it is the meaning of ancient stories expressed by the paintings he has replicated on his buffalo hides and shields, or a demonstration of how primitive tools were used for hunting. He manages to tie the history of these people to our culture today so students can relate it to their own lives and futures.
With his varied displays he depicts how the people lived, not only to survive but also how they interacted with each other, showing respect for elders and their wisdom, what they considered to be honorable actions and how the character of tribal people enabled them to survive extreme hardships.
Students are encouraged to participate by assisting with demonstrations and by having their questions answered. Clint will have a student wear a headdress or a wolf skin as he explains how such items were used for ceremonies or for stalking animals during a hunt.
Clint adjust his lectures to accommodate the grade level of the students and provides more intensive teachings for students focusing on Native American studies.