ERIC Number: ED355067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
An American Indian Perspective on Columbus. An Indian Education Curriculum Unit.
This guide attempts to show educators a perspective on Columbus that is historically accurate and sensitive to American Indian history. The 500-year anniversary of the voyage of Columbus is not a time for rejoicing among the Indian population. Although exploration of the New World was inevitable, Columbus and his successors treated the Indian people badly and brought about rapid change that gave the Indian people no alternative to historical events. This guide discusses the misuse of the word "discovery" with regard to Columbus's voyages, the details of the life and voyages of Columbus, and the subsequent glorification and romanticization of his part in history. Common textbook inaccuracies and omissions are examined. Also included are a historical timeline featuring both European/Asian and American Indian developments, instructions for using the timeline, a list of American Indian stereotypes to "unlearn," an explanation of American Indian beliefs about the origins of various tribes, and several classroom activities aimed at the grade 4 level. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian History, Class Activities, Elementary Education, Grade 4, North American History, Social Bias, Textbook Bias, Units of Study
Coos County Indian Education Coordination Program, 9140 Cape Arago Highway, Coos Bay, OR 97420-9645 ($5, includes postage and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Coos County Indian Education Coordination Program, Coos Bay, OR.