week we take up the topic of the influx of people into our region. Don’t
forget that even in the West most people lived in cities or towns. In
this week’s Lecture (approximately 63 minutes), Professor
Wiltse discusses the rise of cities and the various immigrants who
came to our region, focusing on Butte as a case study.
Maps & Cityscapes uses Tacoma, Spokane and Butte
as examples to compare promotional birdseye maps with contemporary tribal
locations. Featured interviews in Tribal Perspectives deal
with the issue of homeland areas and the taking of Indian land for settlement by
non-Indians. People and the Humanities presents Great
Falls founder Paris Gibson and a discussion of the rise of nostalgic
western art in response to growing urbanization and settlement.
In Research, we discuss the rise of rephotography
along with our list of important books and movies.
Assignment suggestions for this week's content might include the following ideas:
- How do artists react to what they perceive to be an era's important issues, as with nostalgic art?
- Discuss the contest over land ownership and control, a theme that can be applied to almost every historical time or geographical region.
- There is a perception of the contest between Indians and non-Indians...but are the "non-Indians"
really a unified entity? Are the Indians?
- Investigate the rephotography process (possibly applying it to historical sites or buildings in your area).