A Primary Source is

is an object or information from history.  The creator is directly linked to the time and gives an inside view to help us understand the past.   Some examples of primary sources you may come across in your research are:

ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS:  diaries, speeches, letters, manuscripts, official records,

CREATIVE WORKS:  poetry, drama, novels, art, music

RELICS OR ARTIFACTS:  pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings

The Diary of Ann Frank (Language Arts) is a primary source, so is this Haudenosaunee basket:

Canadian Museum of Civilization

Compare this basket to the one on page 21 in your text book.  Click here to see a similar basket.  What do you notice? 1.  Using the baskets, what guesses can you make about the Haudenosaunee economy at that time?   Discuss your ideas with a partner.  (*Think deeper:  What might your answer be from the Haudenosaunee’s perspective?)  Post a comment together to explain your reasoning.   This is a secondary source.  Explain what you think a secondary source is.   Have fun with your blogwork.  We look forward to your good thinking!

Ms. Kwan

Reference: What is a Primary Source?  Princeton University Library

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28 Responses to A Primary Source is

  1. 7 says:

    The first basket could be used as a decoration in their home or a trading good. While the second basket looks more like a harvesting or cooking basket.

    The economy must have been high because you can see the amasing detail and craftmenship in the basket.

    A secondary source is something that has been adapted from the original thing or something that has been heard from an indirect source.

  2. 10 says:

    The first basket is more decorative and used for trading. The other basket looks more functional, for everyday use.

    The economy was probably good because they had lots of trading going on, and they had time to make detailed work.

    I think a secondary source is something you have to interpret.

    • M says:

      I respect what you say and here is my opinion. The first could be used for a center piece or for holding fruit. The second could have been used for carrying fish and heavier items.

  3. 17 says:

    They had a good economy in trading and traded decorative baskets to the Europeans, who would use it for looks. It reminds me of a cornacopia. From the Haudenoshaunee perspective, they might say that they make these little baskets for the europeans in exchange for useful things. I think a secondary source would be facts on a primary source.

  4. 1 says:

    The first basket looks like it would be used for a decoration and the second looks like its for berries.They would sell them to the Europeans.A secondary source it what your guess about the primary sources idea.

  5. 3 and 4 says:

    The cone shaped basket looked more as a trade item or decoration because it has more detail. The second basket looked more for holding food and used as an everyday item. Secondary source is someone how finds out about the topic.

    • C says:

      I respect what you have said and here is what I have to say the first basket is probably for light food like berries and flowers. The second basket is probably for carrying food back from where they killed it to their village for the woman to cook so they can eat.

    • Dylan and Dalin says:

      I agree with you, as well as being a decoration and trade item, in my opinion, the cornucopia may also signify a good economy. This basket also looks like it was part of religious symbolism. I agree with you that the second basket looked like it was used for utility purposes. I think they used the basket for transporting goods from village to village. A secondary source is not as reliable as a primary source because the person that wrote the primary source was there when it happen or when it was discovered. Where as the writer of secondary source just writes from the primary source.

  6. 16 says:

    The first backet is a lot more decorative than the other, the weaves and not so tight also it looks like there might be a bow on the top. The second one the weaves are more tight because it will probably be for everyday use like harvesting and for washing fruits and vegtables.

    The econmony must have been really good because if people went and took the time to make goods like that it must have been good.

    A secondary source is a document or recording that relates or discusses information originally presented elsewhere.

  7. 9 says:

    1. I think the cornucopia shaped basket would be used for decoration and trading. The second basket looks like it would be used for everyday use.
    2. The economy was probably really good because it looks like it had lots of work put into it and it has lots of detail.
    3. I think the secondary source is a thing you have to adapt.

    • T and U says:

      I agree with your response to #1. The first basket looks as if it would be used as for decorative purposes, and not for working use. I also agree that the economy would have to be good in order for the access decoration and detail. I appreciate your definition of secondary source, but when I think of secondary source I think of a piece of information or a tradition that is not passed from a living source. Example: a textbook or movie.

  8. 5 and 6 says:

    The first basket could’ve been used for a decoration or they traded them, because it is a cone shape and probably didn’t hold very much items. The circle shape at the top of the first basket might have been important to the First Nations people because, it represented the medicine wheel, circle of life, etc. The second basket could’ve been used for carrying items for everyday use. Such as, berries, fruits, tools, weapons, etc, because it was larger and has more of a square shape, and may hold more items.

    The economy was probably good, because they traded their goods and took time to create them.

    A secondary source is, a record that is related to, or has similar information presented from the original.

  9. 15 says:

    The first basket looks like it could have been used for decoration and/or trading because it is more detailed. The second one looks like it would be used more for carrying food. I think the economy was good at the time because there would have been lots of trading. A secondary source is something that that has come from an indirect source.

  10. 11 says:

    The Haudenosaunee basket has a cricle opening for what I know that the symbol/circle means alot.If you can see the details in the basket weaving they’re big and thick it does not look strong but it could be used for a decoration. This basket can not hold water because it would fall through the holes.
    The second basket could be used for halling big and heavy items. If u can see the smaller weaving in the basket they’re going over top of eachother.
    Secondary source means previous information that was originally from the original source and their economy was good because they created and traded goods!!!!!

  11. 8 says:

    1)The first basket can be used for a decoration or a trading good. The second basket can be use as a harvesting like fruits, vegtebles and berries.

    2)The economy is high because it took time to make the baskets.

    3) A secondary source is like something that is changed from the actual meaning.

  12. 13 and 14 says:

    1)The first basket is decorative and may be used for festivals.
    2)The economy must have been good because of the detail on the basket.
    3)I think secoundary source is how interput something.
    4)the second basket is used for harvesting corn

  13. 3 and 4 says:

    The cone shaped basket looked more as a trade item or decoration because it has more detail. The second basket looked more for holding food and used as an everyday item. A secondary source is someone who makes an educated guess on the subject.

  14. student22,23 says:

    #1 Basket was made for holding food or many fancy flowers that they found in the woods. Basket #2 the Haudenosaunee basket was used to wash kernels of corn.
    #2 A secondary source is when someone makes a very good guess about Primary Source.
    #3 They used them for trading goods Such as weapons.

    • Q,R says:

      Yes I agree. This is our opinion. We think the first basket resembles the cornucopia, probably used for religion purposes or decoration, and wouldn’t be used for carrying food. The second basket does look like it could be used for washing kernels of corn, and maybe even carrying food places. The economy must have been high for the first basket because it cannot carry anything and made for decorative reasons, unlike the second basket that was most likely made for work and carrying when the economy was low. Just like you said, a secondary source is an indirect source.

    • Student E & F says:

      We agree that the first basket was used for decorative or festive purposes; also I think it might be used for religious ceremonies. Yes, we agree that the basket could be used for carrying corn. It also could be used for other everyday use or carrying other kinds of food (fish).

      We agree that economy was good. In our opinion the cornucopia represents a good harvesting season so that usually means the economy is thriving.

      We believe that a secondary source is a indirect source (textbook, teacher etc).

  15. 18 says:

    1. The first basket (cone shaped one) looks like it would of been used for decoration because it has looser weaves so it doesn’t look strong to carry anything and it is more detailed. The second basket (the squared one) looks like it would have been used to carry objects because the weaves are bigger, tighter, has a handle, and looks like it would be stronger.
    2. The economy looks like it would have been good because they would have been trading a lot and there is a lot of detail to their work.
    3. A secondary source is when you get information from an indirect resource.

  16. 19 says:

    The basket in this picture shows a cone shaped basket. The other basket has a handle and it has a smaller weaving to it so it is a little bit more sturdier plus it is not cone shaped it is like a basket shape.The economy was pretty good at that time because they could trade those baskets and get some nice things in return. A secondary source is when you get something that has come from an indirect source.

  17. 2 says:

    1) The first basket (cone shaped one) looks like it may have been used for decoration during ceremonies, or celebrations, because of its great intriguing detail. It also looks like a cornucopia, which came from the first Nations and translated into our annually Thanksgiving. The weave is loose and so it does not look like it could hold much weight, also you cannot prop it up, so it is not ideal for transporting or storing goods. The second basket (square, flat bottom) looks like it would’ve been used for transporting wheat, food and other goods, because it has a tight weave for strength and not much detail. Also it has a handle for carrying easier. Both baskets have circle openings, which has meaning to the Mi’kmaq.
    2) The economy must’ve been good because the people had the money to work, and use nicer material, for lots of detail. Also they had quite a bit of trading going on which tells us it was good.
    3) A “secondary source” is when you hear something from an indirect source. When someone tells you something they heard from the actual source. An example is Gossiping. Gossiping is when people hear rumors from secondary sources. It is not always the best option.

  18. 12 says:

    1) The first basket looks like it would only be used for decoration and/or ceremonial events because the weaving is loose and wide, it doesn’t have handles and does not stand up. There is also a delicate-looking decoration on the front. This basket looks a little like a Horn of Plenty(used at thanksgiving)

    The second basket looks like it would be used for work and carrying both heavy and light objects. It has a wide circle rim and is very tightly weaved. Not to mention it can stand up and has handles, and has no decoration on the front.

    The economy must’ve been pretty good because of the detail that looks like it would’ve took a long time to make.

    A secondary source is a piece of information coming from someone who was not the one who came up with the idea/information. Ex. gossiping

  19. 2 says:

    1) The first basket (cone shaped one) looks like it may have been used for decoration during ceremonies, or celebrations, because of its great intriguing detail. The weave is loose and so it does not look like it could hold much weight, also you cannot prop it up, so it is not ideal for transporting or storing goods. The second basket (square, flat bottom) looks like it would’ve been used for transporting wheat, food and other goods, because it has a tight weave for strength and not much detail. Also it has a handle for carrying easier. Both baskets have circle openings, which has meaning to the Mi’kmaq.
    2) The economy must’ve been good because the people had the money to work, and use nicer material, for lots of detail. Also they had quite a bit of trading going on which tells us it was good.
    3) A “secondary source” is when you hear something from an indirect source. It is when someone tells you something they heard from the actual source. An example is Gossiping. Gossiping is when people hear rumors from secondary sources.

    • I, J says:

      Student 2, we enjoyed reading your comment about the baskets and what their purposes were. We fully agree on how you talked about the economy and how it was good because of the designs and how it was woven. Our opinion about a secondary source is that when something that is written is being interoperated (ex: diary, letter, book, etc.).

  20. G&H says:

    We respect your comment and it seems like you thought about what you were going to put down instead of just throwing down something, we agree on what they might have used the baskets for, we also think that it might have been in their culture to make the baskets. We enjoyed reading your comments great job everyone! 🙂

  21. D says:

    I agree you but i also think it be used for when they catch fish, kill animals etc.

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