Congratulations! You chose the role of Native American
Begin your research by reading the passage titled Indians at the Time of Contact 1600-1850 from the Pioneering the Upper Mid-West, American Memory collection. While reading, write down keywords to search the American Memory collections.
Consider the following questions while conducting research on your topic:
- What motivated the Native Americans to interact with the people who traveled west?
- How were the Native Americans living before they did they encountered those who journeyed west?
- How did the changed conditions influence decisions of the Native Americans?
- What were the conflicts between the Native Americans and the settlers who moved west?
- How did policies of the U.S. government influence the lives of Native Americans?
Begin your research using the following links:
Try searching these collections; here are some search terms to get you started: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tecumseh, Indian Territory, treaty. Add to the list as you work.
- American Indians of the Pacific NorthWest
- History of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection of the Denver Public Library
- Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian: Photographic Images
- The Northern Great Plain
Using the information from your research write a petition to the Bureau of Indian Affairs sharing your concerns about the conditions caused by the influx of settlers to the West. Edit and revise your letter as needed.
All the Native Americans will chronicle the effects of the journeys west upon the Native Americans for the museum. Your combined exhibition must include a journal, map, timeline, broadside and at least one additional artifact. Study the project guidelines and then decide among your group which project you will contribute.
- The information in your journal should be as realistic as possible. You should maintain the perspective of an imaginary person in the time and place of Westward Expansion.
- The purpose of the journal is to reveal information about typical daily life. Use examples that will teach museum visitors about life along the Oregon Trail as well as the settlements.
- Include realistic elements such as a name, clothing, food and shelter.
- A minimum of three entries is required to show distinct information about the daily life of a person in a particular social class.
- The journal should also include information about how geography (location) affected daily life.
- The information on a broadside should include a mixture of written description and pictures.
- The broadside should include an image that connects to and shows your understanding of the viewpoint of Westward Expansion that you know about. It should be clear what you want people to know about the topic.
- Choose 3-5 main points to teach visitors to the museum about through the broadside.
- The written description should expand on the picture on the broadside. Use actual broadsides in the American Memory collectiosn as models to get ideas about layout.
- The broadside should be easy to read and follow. Please use large art paper so that your broadside is easily viewed.
- A model or artifact is a 3-dimensional object designed to represent an important people, place or object from the time period of Westward Expansion.
- Models and artifacts should be handmade. They could be made from any combination of materials (paper, clay, wood, paper maché).
- The models and artifacts should be carefully constructed, visually appealing and as authentic as possible.
- The artifact must be accompanied by a written explanation of the object and its significance or importance from a journey west.
- The models or artifacts must be able to "stand alone" to represent your research.