Watch the online lecture about gender and the Indian Boarding Schools, which is just 25 minutes long.
For the video with captions, go here: https://youtu.be/qumR5fFOXEI
Step 2: Inspirational History!
Watch this short video about Native American women’s rights activist and writer Zitkala-Sa.
I’ve included here some guiding questions to help you focus as you do the reading. Answer these questions as you go. (Note that these aren’t the same as the discussion questions)
- Albert Hurtado writes that’s the sexual behavior of Native Americans challenged conventional European ideas about gender. What are two or three key ways that Indian sexual behavior challenged Europeans ideas?
- In what ways did the California Missions try to reform Indian sexuality and protect unmarried female neophytes (young native women), and were these efforts successful? Why or why not?
- Who were the “Berdache” and why did the Europeans look down upon them?
- Who was Sacajawea, and how does what you learned in this article differ from popular ideas about who she was?
- What impact did the Gold Rush have on the Native American tribes of California in general, and on Native American women in particular?