Teaching with Folk Stories of the Hmong: An Activity Book

Teaching with Folk Stories of the Hmong: An Activity Book

by Dia Cha, Norma J. Livo

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Teach students about Hmong culture, build appreciation of diversity, and extend learning across the curriculum with engaging activities based on Hmong folktales and traditions. After a fascinating overview of the history and customs of the Hmong, Dia shares her experience of emigrating from Vietnam to the U.S. The book also offers a profusion of lively activities and project ideas, covering themes of Farming and Food, Stories and Storytelling, Writing and Illustrating Stories, Hmong Folk Arts, and Customs. Students will enjoy learning about Hmong traditions such as their musical instruments, the beautiful Pa Ndau story cloths, and more. Many projects relate directly to Hmong folktales, making this a wonderful companion to Folk Stories of the Hmong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563086687
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/15/2000
Series: Learning Through Folklore Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 109
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

DIA CHA is an instructor at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where she teaches courses in cultural anthropology and Hmong culture and history.

NORMA J. LIVO, Professor Emerita, School of Education, University of Colorado at Denver, has written numerous books and articles on storytelling and has a national following as a storyteller. She has served on the board of directors for the National Storytelling Association and received the NSA leadership award for the Western region. She lives in Lakewood, Colorado.

Table of Contents

1Hmong People: Origins and History1
Hmong Origins1
Discussion and Activities2
Discussion and Activities3
Physical Appearance3
Hmong History4
Hmong History in Southeast Asia4
Hmong History in the West5
Hmong History in the United States5
Discussion and Activities6
Dia's Memories8
Memories of Escaping8
Memories of Village Life9
Memories of Refugee Camp Life13
Discussion and Activities14
Issues for Hmong Immigrants Today14
2Farming and Food17
Raising Rice18
Discussion and Activities19
Meat Dish24
New Mother's Menu for the First Thirty Days After Giving Birth25
Discussion and Activities25
3Stories and Storytelling27
Telling a Story Successfully30
The Orphan Boy and His Wife31
Discussion and Activities34
Variations on a Theme36
High-Tech Cinderella36
Bibliography of Cinderella Variants38
Discussion and Activities39
Two Stories from Two Cultures39
The Taiga Sampo, or The Magic Mill40
Zeej Choj Kim, the Lazy Man45
Discussion and Activities49
Love Ghost Story50
Discussion and Activities53
4Writing and Illustrating Stories55
Thoughts on Writing55
Discussion and Activities55
Illustrating Stories57
Paper Cutting59
Paper Weaving59
Tissue Paper59
Tracing Paper59
Finger Printing59
String Block Printing60
Polystyrene Printing60
Wood Block Printing60
Using Other Objects60
Making a Picture Book60
5Hmong Folk Arts61
Pa Ndau61
Pa Ndau Samples62
Discussion and Activities62
String-Tying Ceremony62
Discussion and Activities64
Discussion and Activities64
Creating Textiles66
Discussion and Activities70
Traditional Hmong Music and Musical Instruments70
Mouth Harp73
Leaf Blowing74
Contemporary Hmong Music and Musical Instruments76
Discussion and Activities77
Symbolism in Hmong Folk Art78
Symbols of Creatures78
Discussion and Activities80
Other Symbols82
Discussion and Activities85
Discussion and Activities86
6Customs and Symbols89
New Year's Festival89
Marriage Customs90
Discussion and Activities91
Games and Toys94
Kao Xiong's Childhood Memories of Play94
Discussion and Activities97
Buildings and Homes98
Discussion and Activities98
Audio Productions105
Video Productions105

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