Education Materials

Becoming familiar with the material in advance of your visit helps you create a more impactful experience for each of your students

These resources are for school groups, families, and anyone wanting background materials and activities related to ASM's exhibits. We look forward to seeing you soon!



Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest

Explore the origins, histories, and contemporary lifeways of ten groups native to the region, from northern Mexico to northern Arizona.


This image is of a sandstone-carved symbol illustrating the paths of life concept, with hand-holding figures standing in a circle above a spiraliform maze. The piece is by Hopi artist Gerald Dawavendewa.

Self-Guided Discovery Hunts in Paths of Life (based on information presented on guided tours through the exhibit)      

  1. Seri (2nd–5th grades) PDF
  2. Seri (6th and up grades) PDF
  3. Yaqui (2nd–5th grades) PDF
  4. Yaqui (6th and up grades) PDF
  5. O'odham (2nd–5th grades) PDF
  6. O'odham (6th and up grades) PDF
  7. Apache (2nd–5th grades) PDF
  8. Apache (6th and up grades) PDF
  9. Navajo (2nd–5th grades) PDF
  10. Navajo (6th and up grades) PDF
  11. Hopi (2nd–5th grades) PDF
  12. Hopi (6th and up grades) PDF

Self-Guided Tour Materials for Teachers: Background information (including an exhibit map) on the 10 culture groups presented in the Paths of Life exhibit.



More Discovery Hunts in Paths of Life

A Study of Human Adaptations in the Paths of Life exhibit (4th grade and up). A field journal activity employing scientific method, environmental science, and anthropology

Let's Find Animals: Pre-k through first grade

Native Resistance Then and Now: a lesson plan for high school students from the Smithsonian Learning Lab


Woven Through Time: American Treasures of Native Basketry and Fiber Art

Explore the ancient and abiding fiber-weaving traditions of the region.


Discovery Hunts in Woven Through Time


The Pottery Project: 24,000 Pots, 2,000 Years

The Pottery Project celebrates 2,000 years of Native pottery-making traditions in the U.S. Southwest.


Discovery Hunts in The Pottery Project


Additional Resources