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Books, Fiction


Encounter

By Jane Yolen, 2001.

An illustrated storybook about Columbus landing in North America, told from the point of view of a young Indigenous boy.  (Grade 2 and up)

Books, Non-Fiction


Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years

Edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson, 2nd edition, 1998.

Essays, poems, interviews, historical vignettes, and lesson plans, exploring multiple perspectives on the arrival and subsequent impact of Columbus. This text includes teaching ideas for all grade levels, elementary through high school.  (For teachers)

Film & Video:


The Worlds of Joseph Brant.

National Film Board of Canada, 2002. (46 mins)

From the NFB website:  “This series is the saga of five great First Nations chiefs--Sitting Bull, Pontiac, Joseph Brant, Black Hawk and Poundmaker. Their stories form a central drama of the history of the North American continent. Their living descendants are the storytellers. By blending documentary and re-enactment, the episodes reveal an alternative and essential history of Canada and the United States.”

 


Savagery and the American Indian

 

First segments of the movie Savagery and the American Indian (Approximately 1 hour in length with each segment running about 10 minutes).

Although this film is twenty years old and is narrated by both Aboriginal and White people, it tells the history of First Nations (in what is now the USA) through a First Nations lens. It debunks some of the myths perpetuated in the usual teachings of this history, such as the assumption that the land was empty when Europeans arrived.  The film also communicates common stereotypes of First Nations in the USA.

 

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