Participant Text Sets

Participants in the 2021 “We the People”: Migrant Waves in the Making of America NEH Summer Institute were tasked with creating a digital, multimodal text set as a study of a state, region, time period, or people’s history. These multimodal text sets are critical studies of those histories around past and current waves of migration and center perspectives of traditionally underrepresented communities. Below are each of the participants’ digital collections. Each includes a synopsis and an annotated bibliography

A Media Observation of Immigrants and Refugees

Markia Miller
A collection of media that highlights, celebrates, and clarifies the immigrant and refugee experience from multiple vantage points. Many of the first-hand accounts and primary resources offer an in-depth view of the processes and decisions involved in becoming an immigrant and/or refugee.
PDF icon Text Set (5.46 MB)

African Migration: Challenging the narratives of transatlantic migration of African people to the eastern seaboard

Rhashida Hilliard & Tameka Marshall
This text set is designed as a counternarrative to the Middle Passage and the transatlantic slave trade as the singular origin story for Africans in what is now the United States [and the Americas.] Many Africans/people of African descent migrated to the Americas not only in chains but also as sailors or linguists on commercial ships. For those who were enslaved, their stories did not always end in slavery.
PDF icon Text Set (1.2 MB)

Asset-Based Perspectives on Modern Day Immigrants and Refugees

Sache Crouch & Sabrina Nargiz
This text-set aims to provide resources that showcase the diversity of modern day immigrants in the US through a focus on immigrants and refugees throughout the US and particularly communities in Memphis, TN. The text-set challenges preconceptions and stereotypes of immigrants from East Africa, Central America, and the Middle East to not only deepen understanding of the immigrant populations and the refugee experience, but also to help create more inclusive classrooms for these modern day populations to be viewed by teachers and students alike beyond their stereotypes.
PDF icon Bibliography (39.92 MB)
PDF icon Text Set (15.32 MB)

Colorado History for ALL

Chris Arteaga, Dani Harton & Rae Richards
This site is a text set for upper elementary and middle school students that affirms the contributions of indigenous and marginalized populations in Colorado History.

Contributions of and attitudes towards Indigenous peoples of southern California

Rick Froehbrodt
This text set provides a glimpse into the attitudes towards Indigenous people in California and provides resources showing the contributions of Indigenous groups as well as what is being done to maintain and restore knowledge of the groups.
PDF icon Bibliography (1.19 MB)
PDF icon Text Set (1.19 MB)

Creating Space for Multi-Modal Text Sets

Christina Bustos
File Text Set (1.12 MB)

Exploring Afro-Latinidad: Culture, History and Identity

Kevin Anderson
The purpose of this text-set is to illuminate Afro-Latinx identity, otherwise referred to as Afro-Latinidad. It uses a variety of texts, from podcasts to picture books to academic studies to explore the complexity of Afro-Latinidad and some of the historical and cultural forces that have significantly contributed to it.
PDF icon Bibliography (106.16 KB)
PDF icon Text Set (10.45 MB)

Food Voices - Connecting Cultures

Carissa Delgado & Pahola Paugh
Food Voice-Connecting Culture is a text set prepared for secondary students. The goal is to foster cultural identity while comparing their food and other cultures to promote empathy and connections. Food is always to preserve their culture even if they move places.
PDF icon Bibliography (136.64 KB)
PDF icon Text Set (9 MB)

From Laos to MN: The Hmong Migration Story

Jess Stewart
This text set features children’s literature, young adult novels, documentaries, interviews, and teacher resources that highlight the Hmong refugee experience. Minnesota is home to the second largest Hmong population in the United States, just behind California. Hmong Americans in MN have set down roots in St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs.

History and Culture of the Southwest: Representation, Migration, and Success Stories

Madison Loya
This multimodal text set is centered around Latinx and Indigneous people of the Southwest, and the stories they have to tell. Included are stories about Arizona’s history, life in the Southwest in the past and present, as well as migration to the United States and lives built after settlement.
PDF icon Bibliography (34.24 MB)
PDF icon Text Set (34.24 MB)

Identity and Human connection on the US- Mexico Borderlands while uplifting Indigenous voices

Alicia Agosti
This text set intends to explore Identity and human connection of the borderlands people (Native Nations, Mexican, American) beyond political borders and national identity. The resources hope to highlight Native Nation voices and the interconnectedness between the identities of the border to promote empathy between our countrymen.
PDF icon Bibliography (117.94 KB)
PDF icon Text Set (11.16 MB)

Indigenous Strength, Joy, and Resistance

Zoe Reeves & Jaye Harden
This text set provides positive representations of Indigenous people, with a particular focus on people native to the land now known as Tucson, Arizona. Themes of strength, joy, and resistance are present throughout the multimedia texts.
PDF icon Bibliography (7.46 MB)
PDF icon Text Set (7.46 MB)

Life of the Asian Immigrants in US/Arizona: Focus on Chinese, Filipino, & Japanese Americans

Zorayda Agus
The theme and purpose of my text set is to showcase the history and culture of Asian immigrants in America. We focused on Chinese, Filipinos and Japanese in the state of Arizona during the 1900s to 2000s. In this project, we can learn and experience the challenges and opportunities of these exotic cultures through different modalities.

Offering Alternatives to the White Settler Narrative - Modern-Day Immigration and Refugee Experiences

Melanie Monk
This text set was created to offer current and authentic pieces on immigration. Our students do not identify with white settlers from days gone by. Young adults want materials they can identify with and buy into. The following text set includes fiction, non-fictions, art and media created by and about young immigrants and refugees.
PDF icon Bibliography (99.28 KB)
PDF icon Text Set (2.06 MB)

Perilous Crossings: A text set exploring the ways in which immigrants face danger and mistreatment at the U.S/Mexico Border

Rebecca Guerrero
The decision to cross the international border between Mexico and the United States has long been a risky one. Immigrants seeking safety, employment, or a better life on American soil have been subjected to cruel and dehumanizing government practices, from the chemical baths at the El Paso International Bridge in the early 1900s to family separations and sub-par detention centers existing across the country today. Dangerous conditions have existed for immigrants whether they cross the border legally or not- as demonstrated by the government run Bracero Program of the 1940s and 50s.
File Bibliography (29.41 KB)

Representation of Latinos/as in Children’s Literature: Immigration and Empowerment

Cynthia Cantu
This text set focuses on the struggles that many Latino/a students may face as immigrants and emergent bilinguals. Through authentic and culturally relevant literature, students can gain empowerment. Self-reflection can ultimately lead to positive identity and equity in multicultural children’s literature. Diverse educational resources can help children connect to their past and present experiences.
PDF icon Bibliography (65.99 KB)
File Text Set (6.72 MB)

The Tohono O’odham

Rick Zamorano
Part of the 8th grade curriculum in my district includes a mini-unit on the Tohono O’odham at the beginning of the school year. I knew so very little about these people whom I’ve lived practically next door to and still live there today. Every year I’ve taught children from the Nation. This text set has taught me much already and now I’ll have the resources at my fingertips and be able to share it with my peers.
File Bibliography (38.55 KB)
PDF icon Text Set (266.55 KB)

The Yaqui Tribe

Susana Pederson & Zulma Tobos
The Yoeme - also known as Yaquis - are an Indigenous people who speak a Uto-Aztecan-based language in their ancestral homeland in Mexican State of Sonora. Following and during many conflicts with the Mexican government, numerous Yaquis were forced into slavery in the Yucatan, which gave rise to a mass migration of Yaquis to the Southwest United States. Pascolas (old men of the fiestas) Deer Dancers and Chapayekas are iconic figures in Yaqui traditions.
PDF icon Bibliography (76.19 KB)
File Text Set (15.45 MB)

Voices in Transition: Arrival Stories from Columbus, Ohio Then & Now

Patricia Vazquez
The focus of this text set is to understand the evolution of different communities within Columbus, Ohio. The resources depict the diverse cultures and complicated relationships that have shaped the communities. The set includes primary and secondary resources as well as illustrated texts meant to provide flexibility for both age group and time.
PDF icon Bibliography (52.84 MB)
File Text Set (28.93 MB)

We Are Still Here: California Indigenous Perspectives

Brieanne Buttner
The perspectives of California Native groups on colonization, settlement and statehood have varied over time but what has persisted is an erasure of narratives that continue to threaten the existence of indigenous people, land and cultures. But despite centuries of suppression and lack of recognition, the diverse nations within California and Baja California continue to live in their ancestral homelands.
PDF icon Bibliography (111.41 KB)
PDF icon Text Set (4.04 MB)

Women and the Environment

Natalie Woods & Trina Alkema
This text set looks at ways in which women shape the environment globally across history and in the present. There is a focus on hearing from women that tell their own stories and examining art, agriculture and food.
PDF icon Bibliography (112.91 KB)
PDF icon Text Set (112.91 KB)

Yoeme: A Multi-Modal Exploration of the Story of the Yoeme/Yaqui People in the Sonoran Desert

Patricia Palomera
In this presentation, I have created a collection of multimedia resources. It is full of resources, much more than was asked of me. I added all the interesting, relevant and important information about the history of the Yaqui/Yoeme tribe in Mexico and Arizona. It is a living document as I will continue to build it.
File Text Set (14 MB)