Long Before We Were Born

$20.00 each


Explores the concept of how people lived before modern conveniences.  DVD can be accompanied by 75-page Teacher Guide.



Suggested for 2nd and 3rd graders, this DVD and 75-page Teacher Guide explore the concept of community by comparing the ways we meet our basic needs today with the ways different tribal groups met them long ago.

Long Before We Were Born explores the concept of how people lived before modern conveniences. Topics include food and water, shelter, staying warm, money, transportation and communication - within the context of the “natural community.” Includes a Klallam story told by Elaine Grinnell (Jamestown S'Klallam). Good 'Then and Now' resource. 2nd – 3rd grade classroom DVD, 45 minutes, chaptered.

This DVD and Teacher Guide were produced as one of the Regional Learning Projects and is part of a comprehensive multimedia educational experience. For more information about the Regional Learning Project and a complete list of the resources available in our catalog please see the article on our "NEWS" page. Also for companion online resources refer to the Regional learning Project website at:


Option to Include Teacher Guide:

The 75-page guide is designed to expand on main themes presented in the film by providing Pre- and Post-Viewing activities supplemented by maps, charts and templates. Blackline masters and instructions are included. These activities serve to enhance and integrate understanding of tribal geography, relationship to the environment, nutrition, economics, travel/transportation, symbolic communication, and oral tradition.

Each chaptered section contains features designed to facilitate student understanding of the topics and themes, along with suggested activities. These features include:

-Key Concepts
-Vocabulary / Spelling
-Geographical Places
-Plants & Animals
-Oral Tradition
-Essential Questions
-Transcript Text of DVD narrative



Director: University of Montana Regional Learning Project

Format: DVD, color, 45 minutes.

Availability: DVD alone OR together with the Teacher Guide

Published: 2007

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Various U.S. tribes