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Leaves of the Land: A Quick History of Coca

Resource Type
Activity
Lesson Plan
Grade Level
8
Submitted By
Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research - one year ago
Description
Coca has been used for thousands of years by indi…
Resource Type
Activity
Lesson Plan
Grade Level
8
Submitted By
Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research - one year ago
Description
Coca has been used for thousands of years by indigenous peoples of the New World. The coca bush (from khoka, the Aymara word for tree) grows wild across western South America but was also one of the first domesticated plants in the western hemisphere. It was considered sacred and central to life among the people of the Andes Mountains. They believed the vitamin-rich leaves embodied the spirit of Mama Coca, the nurturing and protective force of nature, and they chewed the leaves to cope with the stresses of life. Today, coca continues to play an important role in the traditions and daily lives of many Andean people: • A man might offer coca leaves to the father of a potential bride • When a child is born, relatives and friends might celebrate by chewing coca leaves together • Coca-chewing plays a role in Quechua carnivals and celebrations • Aymara women chew coca as a source of inspiration for their weaving projects
Subject
Social Studies
Keywords
iMinds
substance use
drug literacy
drug use
ritual drug use
indigenous cultures
social and cultural practices
URLs
www.iminds.ca
Learning Standards
Links to Curriculum First Peoples’ principles of learning
Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors
Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place)
Learning is embedded in memory, history and story Social Studies 8 Big ideas
Exploration, expansion, and colonization had varying consequences for different groups Competencies
Use Social Studies inquiry processes and skills to ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions
Assess the significance of people, places, events and developments at particular times and places
Explain different perspectives on past or present people, places, issues and events, and compare the values, worldviews and beliefs of human cultures and societies in different times and places
Duration
45-60 minutes with potential for more
Language
English
Date Created
Mar 29, 2017