Theft of Fire: A Yurok Tribal Legend

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This curriculum and video unit uses the traditional Yurok story about stealing fire from the sun to teach about the properties of fire.

Available in VHS alone or with curriculum unit.  Theft of Fire: A Yurok Tribal Legend, by Klamath Trinity Unified School District Indian Education and Shenandoah Films. 1991, 14 minutes, color, live action and animation.

Curriculum unit appropriate for grades 6-8:

 

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This curriculum and video unit uses the traditional Yurok story about stealing fire from the sun to teach about the properties of fire. Activities in the curriculum highlight the Native technology of creating fire without matches and the use of fire for land management. The technology used by Northwest tribes, as with other tribes, reflects a common sense appraoch to matching the needs and desires of a people with the resources available to them in their natural world.

Theft of Fire is a traditional Yurok story for how fire came to the people and is told in both Yurok and English. Artist Frank Tuttle created the illustration. This video shows the traditional ways the Yurok used fire, and use fire to heat rocks to cook food, narrated by Margo Robbins.