Rethinking Michigan Indian History

ISBN-10: 0870137123

ISBN-13: 9780870137129

Edition: 2005

Authors: Patrick Russell LeBeau

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Rethinking Michigan Indian History is a teaching tool that honors the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi and the twelve federally recognized tribes of Michigan by recognizing their role and place in Michigan history--exploring what most people know (or do not know) about them. Each lesson includes a background narrative, a set of hands-on, tactile activities, and provides easily understood and visual resources. Rethinking Michigan Indian History explores large issues of Indian stereotypes, the narrow focus on "great" Indian men, the lack of knowledge about treaties and treaty rights, and the role of maps to mislead or distort thinking about how history unfolds and the complexities of land ownership. The lesson exploring Indian stereotypes identifies their existence not only in U.S. consumer culture but also in K-12 classrooms. The goal, however, is not to rebuke the consumer for having bought Big Chief Sugar or the teacher for having young students construct one-dimensional canoes, paddles and Indians out of paper and glue but to use those activities as a demonstration of what most people know about Indians. From this point, a foundation of facts can begin to replace stereotypes in the learning process. Demonstrating further how popular influences can control knowledge, the lesson on "great" Indian men shows how the popular preference for biographies of famous Indian warriors, like Pontiac and Tecumseh or individual women, like Pocahontas and Sacagawea, narrows an understanding of Indians to symbolic representations and issues and ignores their ongoing culture. The lesson on Indian treaties and maps explains and visually shows the reason the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi lived inMichigan in 1760 and live in Michigan today in roughly the same places. Treaties are explored in a manner understandable to fourth graders through adults by showing where Indians lived, the treaty boundaries, and tribal and holdings. This lesson also shows Indian cartography concepts and how personal maps can be made. What make Rethinking Michigan Indian History unique and important is its non-confrontational and modular approach that challenges conventional thinking and teaching practices but at the same time advocates change. The inclusion of graphic resources, handouts, and colorful maps makes this book necessary for the teacher, student, and the general reader interested in Michigan Indian history.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Publication date: 8/4/2005
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 215
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

ELAINE S. POVICH is a freelance journalist and veteran Washington correspondent who has reported for Newsday and the Chicago Tribune, among other newspapers, and written feature articles for many magazines and journals, including Kiplinger's Retirement Report, the AARP Bulletin, and Fortune Small Business. The author of Nancy Pelosi: A Biography (Greenwood Press, 2008), she is a member of the Gridiron Club and past president of the Washington Press Club Foundation.PATRICK LEBEAU is Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. He is the author of Rethinking Michigan Indian History (2005). He is also a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation of South Dakota.

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