Sunday, March 4, 2012
Black Hawk's War
Chief Black Hawk, a leader of the Sauk people, fought to prevent his people from confinement to a reservation. His efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. This week's curriculum tie in is Black Hawk's War by Georgene Poulakidas. Here is a sample: Black Hawk and his followers chose to stay at the Sauk village, Saukenuk, in Illinois."
This book is a good source for a discussion of primary source materials: books and materials written at the time of an event. Here are some suggested activities:
1. A discussion of a passage from Chief Black Hawk's autobiography. How did the Sauk people live?
2. Here are two different portraits of Chief Black Hawk: an image in tribal dress and in western dress.
Compare the two.