Experts share your CDs, and record them in the appropriate sections. If there are no experts everyone becomes one! (Group should have at least 5 CDs)
Think about the effectiveness of the Treaty Making process as seen in the movie? Was it effective or not? Who was it effective for?
Critic: What information about the treaty making process are you curious about that the movie does not address?
The title of the film, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, is a reference to the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek that took place towards the end of the movie. Over 20 Medals of Honor were given to U.S. Cavalry troops for showing bravery at Wounded Knee. Describe the events that took place there. Do you think the medals given to the soldiers at Wounded Knee were deserved?
Create an informal timeline (a timeline that just tells us the order the events took place in, but without specific times/dates). On that timeline summarize the events that led up to the massacre, the massacre, and the aftermath of the massacre.
Have the experts share their answer for the last part of the writing prompt. Does the group agree with them? Why or why not? Recorder should write out the group’s response and rationale
Critic: list 1-2 arguments in opposition of the group’s overall consensus on the issue.
The main character of the film started his life as Ohiyesa, but later became Charles Eastman. Describe the process of assimilation Ohiyesa went through.
Create another informal timeline describing the process of assimilation Ohiyesa went through.
Experts should lead the discussion, but the others should add any details the experts forgot. Don’t let those experts get all cocky just because they’re considered experts.
Critic: If you could go back in time as Ohiyesa and talk to Jacob Eastman (Ohiyesa’s father) and you could ask him/tell him 3 things, what would they be?
Evaluate whether or not Ohiyesa was better off for assimilating and becoming Charles Eastman.
List at least three reasons Ohiyesa was better off for assimilating, and three reasons he would have been better off jumping from the train and going back to his people.
Discuss the issue as a group, vote on it. What are the results?