The material for Week One is aimed at orienting you to the particular region that
this curriculum focuses on and the concept of using a place-based approach to
learning about history. The lectures by Professor Fritz (approximately 20
minutes) address some of the issues inherent in a regional approach to
history, and its strengths and challenges. He also asks you to consider the
ways in which this curriculum differs from the more traditional,
chronological, narrative of history.
This week you are presented with four different map
images/series that illustrate different views of the region, and
give you an idea of the richness of the map resources that are available.
Take time to survey these maps and try to formulate questions in
your own mind about what these maps suggest about the Northwest
region and those who mapped it.
The video interviews of tribal experts (Tribal Perspectives
- approximately 4 minutes) will provide you with a sense of the
competing narratives of the Northwest region. After you listen to
these interviews, try to speculate what would be your answers to
the questions that are listed on that page.
Under the People heading for this week, you will
read about the Yazoo Indian, Moncacht-apé, who crossed the
North American continent long before Lewis and Clark. Consider what
this might suggest about the biases of national history.
Much of the study of the West originates from colonial
Louisiana, so we will begin with a website from Louisiana which
provides you with a brief tutorial on the use of primary resources,
and in turn, directs you to some of the earliest primary resources
from western exploration, which you can view online.