The Maps page for this week
presents two maps of the region which were produced for military
purposes (one a wide-angle view, and another a close focus on the
Missouri and Yellowstone rivers). We’ve also included a map
of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail that provides a visual
narrative of their flight from military enforcement of the reservation
system. The websites highlighted next to this map will provide you
with additional information on the Nez Perce Trail.
Tribal Perspectives includes accounts of
the Indian wars (~11 minutes) as told by members of the Coeur d’Alene,
Nez Perce, Sioux, and Blackfeet tribes. Their versions of events
are not those typically found in our history textbooks.
The People section this week includes a
list (by no means complete) of prominent individuals during this
period, and several speeches that they produced in response to the
Indian Wars and Indian Policies. We hope you will find inventive
ways to put these to use in your classrooms.
Finally, the Research page presents the
text of two letters written by military officers describing their
involvement in US military/Indian conflicts. These are just two
letters, out of hundreds of such primary documents, which illustrate
the military’s lack of coordination and forethought.
There is a great deal of information for this week – all of
it meant to show, in some way, what historian Jill Lepore has argued,
“…that wounds and words – the injuries and their
interpretation – cannot be separated, that acts of war generate
acts of narration, and that both types of acts are often joined
in a common purpose: defining the geographical, political, cultural,
and sometimes racial and national boundaries between peoples.”