ERIC Number: ED129694
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Indians in the American System: Past and Present, Student Book. The Lavinia and Charles P. Schwartz Citizenship Project.
Westbury, Ian; Westbury, Susan
The purpose of this curriculum unit on citizenship education is to enrich the way students think about American Indians by presenting the history of American Indians and their relationship with white Americans. The first chapter discusses the kinds of ideas people have about Indians, especially stereotypes of Indians being wild, red-colored, and uncivilized. The second chapter looks at the prehistory of Indian culture to see the ways in which Indian peoples learned to exploit the land. The excavations of an Indian camp site at Green Point, Michigan, are described, including discussion of the dig, findings, and changes in Indian life from 500-1700 A.D. Chapter three recounts Indian-white relations during 1600-1900 in order to explore what happened when a stone-age culture faced an acquisitive white culture that was more highly developed and had more resources. The Iroquois Indians in the northeast serve as an example of how Indian life patterns were destroyed by European occupation of America. The last chapter examines the Indian-white contact and the way it has caused recent problems for Indians. Data on employment, income, and death are presented; termination of the Menominee tribe is related; and reservation living is described. (ND)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Anthropology, Citizenship, Cultural Differences, Culture Conflict, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Stereotypes, Life Style, Political Science, Political Socialization, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History, War
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Graduate School of Education.
Note: For related documents, see SO 009 469-473