Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Mayflower: Bradford and Snoopy

Evaluate Charles Schulz's version of the Mayflower crossing. What is the perspective he takes when describing the events of 1620? Did you learn anything new from "The Mayflower Voyagers"? How does it compare to the story told in your readings?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Will the real Pocahontas please stand up?

After watching the Disney version of colonization, you'll write a review of Disney's version of the story of Jamestown, John Smith and Pocahontas.

Here is your chance to work out your ideas, ask questions, and consider the issue of historical accuracy in film.

Is is okay for artists and film makers to embellish, change, and even distor history? What is the message of Disney's version of Pocahontas?

Monday, November 13, 2006

News on American Indian Mascots in College Athletics

The NCAA has taken a stand on Native American mascots. The story is from August of 2006.

Read and listen to the NPR story that explains the latest news about mascots and NCAA tournament play.

Post a reaction here after you listen to and read the story.

NCAA Moves to Curb Indian Mascots in Sports

NCAA Backs Off Threat on 'Seminoles'

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Cortes and the Aztecs: Conquest, Resistance, and Interpreters

After your group has discussed the film and the various primary sources, make a post to the blog that responds to the following questions:

How did Cortes conquer such a thriving civilization (in other words, was Spanish/European civilization superior, or were other factors inolved)?

Why was Aztec resistance not successful?

What do you think of the role played by Dona Marina?

Monday, November 06, 2006

Controversy: Chief Illiniwek

In class we watched "In Whose Honor?" about the use of American Indians as mascots, and about Chief Illiniwek in particular. Our around table discussion was excellent, but if you have other ideas you'd like to post, please write them here. Include your name so others can respond to you.

As always, remember that if you disagree, you still need to be polite.