ERIC Number: ED167339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
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Apaches in Three Dimensions: Anthropology, History and Literature.
Oliva, Leo E.
As many disciplines as possible should be used in the teaching of Indian Studies. In particular, creative literature adds another dimension to the understanding of Indian culture and the history of Indian-white relations when it is used in conjunction with historical and anthropological material. The serious student should read historical novels because they communicate an understanding of Indians as human beings and an appreciation for Indian culture, and they fill the gap left by the Indians' lack of written language. For example, there are available fine anthropological and historical overviews of Apache life. However, historical novels such as Well Comfort's "Apache", Elliott Arnold's "Blood Brother" and "Camp Grant Massacre", and James Olson's "Ulzana", which have resulted from long research and study and contain much accurate information on Apache culture and history, can serve as excellent supplements to more standard instructional material. In general, the historical novel can provide insight, understanding, and a third dimension to anthropology and history by providing points of reference, giving specific examples, establishing integrity by portraying reality, providing synthesis, serving as a source of motivation, aiding the interpretation of controversial subjects, expanding the audience of Indian history, and stimulating research. (SB)
Descriptors: American History, American Indian Culture, American Indian Studies, American Indians, Anthropology, Cross Cultural Studies, Fiction, History, History Instruction, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literature, Novels, Social History, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Tribes
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Historical Materials; Information Analyses
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