Monday, April 15, 2013

IEFA: High School Resources/Current Events

I’ve seen several interesting material lately that I thought might lead to good discussions, particularly in high school classes—all relate to Indian Education for All.

The first is this New York Times article about the possible sale of the Wounded Knee massacre site.
The accompanying slide show is also very interesting.
The second, also a New York Times article, is about urban Indians (particularly in Minneapolis): “Quietly Indians Reshape Cities, Reservations.”

Moving way back in time is this short video by one of my favorite historians, Colin Calloway, who answers the following questions in brief.
  • What was the North American West like before Europeans arrived? [1:12]
  • How did Indian societies adapt to the arrival of Europeans? [3:14]
  • How did horses change the lives of Native American women? [1:19]
  • How did interactions between Indian and European groups in the West change after 1800? [2:58]
  • How is the term “westward expansion” problematic? [3:00]
  • What things do historians have to consider when they analyze Native American primary sources? [1:47]
  • How do Indian primary sources contribute to our understanding of westward expansion? [1:47]
  • In Indian societies, what is the purpose of a myth or legend? [1:38]
  • How does the Kiowa smallpox legend contribute to our understanding of their history? [3:13]
  • Why are Indian views sometimes left out of the history of the West? [2:02]
  • Why is it important to incorporate Native American perspectives in U.S. history? [3:42]

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