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How much can we learn from George Catlin about the Plains Indian way of life?

CatlinThis lesson introduces your class to the contemporary sources of American artist George Catlin.  Catlin chronicled the lives of Native Americans in the early 19thcentury via paintings and notes.

Your students are encouraged to make inferences from this source collection to work out what they can learn about the native Americans. They then look at newer information from a recent encyclopedia to decide how much they can actually learn from the original collection. This encourages them to think historically about the knowledge they have acquired.

The lesson finishes either with them writing a museum display information sheet about the utility of Caitlin’s collection or with an introduction to an ‘explain the importance’ style examination question.

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