This six week unit seeks to answer the question: How does
an indigenous people maintain their culture under a government
with different cultural and spiritual beliefs? Students
do a variety of activities including writing poetry, researched
essays, comparison essays, poetry analysis, and oral histories.
Mr. Conley's short stories are engaging and forthright.
They provide an intimate, touching view of the Native American
plight not revealed in history books. One student told me
she had thought she knew everything about American Indians
until she read this book. The obvious issues of institutional
racism, abuse and tyranny of our government are brought
home by these stories. The result is a greater comprehension
of our background and dedication to a fairer and kinder
How do indigenous people maintain their culture under
a government with different cultural and spiritual beliefs?