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UIL-Social Studies

The Social Studies Contest consists of 45 objective questions and an essay. Students are expected to master primary reading selections, as well as specific documents, and to be familiar with general-knowledge social studies concepts and terms. Each year, the contest focuses on a different topic area and a reading list that is provided by UIL.

Cherokee Bandolier Bag

The Cherokee were highly skilled bead artists. In fact, Sam Houston gave Andrew Jackson a bandolier bag with the embroidered dedication “To Gnl Jackson From Sam Houston.” (Power 2007, 99). The bandolier bag was used by men to hold clothing or hunting supplies. The Eastern Cherokee used seed beads for decorating before the Removal era. When they were removed to the Indian Territory, they interacted with the tribes already living in the region. This resulted in the Cherokee using the imported glass beads in their work.

Texas Almanac

Published since 1857, the Texas Almanac provides a wealth of information about Texas history, economics, geography, and culture. Though the majority of content is contained in the printed book, its companion web site contains significant information including town, city, and county information and an extensive archive of back issues.