AMIND 440 American Indian History

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its a discussion board prompt… I don’t need a works cited or references to be cited in the paper or a title page. Just a 400 word response to the questions… I will provide the resources you will use down below 🙂

1. Why do you think this week’s chapter from the textbook is titled, “Bloody Footprints”? What is a quote or example from the chapter that really seems to capture your interpretation, and why?

2. What were your initial thoughts/reactions to the excerpts from William Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation”?

3. What were your thoughts/reactions to “the true story” of Pocahontas Myth?

4.What is the “national myth” that continues to perpetuate the Pocahontas Perplex discussed in Green’s article?

5.What are the impacts of the Pocahontas Perplex? What does Green advocate in the conclusion?

6. How do Bradford’s “Of Plymouth Plantation,” the true story behind the Pocahontas Myth, Disney’s Pocahontas, and Rayna Green’s “The Pocahontas Perplex,” seem to relate to Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story”?

7. How might the contemporary examples of the Pocahontas Myth and representation of Native women in the media relate to the “Bloody Footprints” covered in this week’s chapter?

Also, I need a 200 word response to another student who wrote: (write your thoughts and agree or disagree) use this as an example to write mine!!!

1. I believe the title “Bloody Footprints” was based on all the horrific killings of the Indigenous people. It was a hard chapter to read because all the stories were gruesome. The quote, “The settlers gave a name to the mutilated and bloody corpses they left in the wake of scalp-hunts: redskins.” The fact that the settlers killed so many people that they gave them a name is disgusting. I interpret redskin as the Indigenous people covered in blood because they were slayed.

2. It was sad that the settlers went through a lot of hardships trying to reach the new land. Although their faith helped them stay strong and persevere. In the end, it was nice that the settlers and Native Americans gathered together for the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

3. My reaction to learning about Pocahontas’ true story was shocking. In the movie it was a romantic drama, but in reality there was no romance at all. The fact that she was taken as a prisoner at 17 and was held hostage for more than a year is so sad. Then to make matters worse, she only could be released if she agrees to marry John Rolfe and later have a baby. It seems like she was not in love with Rolfe because she tried to escape when returning to Virginia with Rolfe. Sadly, that same year she died at 21. So sad to hear about a young girl who appeared to not live the best life and die at such a young age.

4. In Green’s article, the “national myth” is that Indian women are good people if they help white men. This was about Pocahontas and John Smith because Pocahontas was a “good Indian” since she saved Smith’s life. Europeans thought of Indian woman having two types of personalities, one evil and the other good. This is what Green calls the Pocahontas Perplex.

5. The impact of the Pocahontas Perplex was negative because it gave an unrealistic image of Pocahontas and Indigenous women. Indian women need to be defined as Indian terms, not the European definition. If we explore the Native American lives more in depth, we will find the real truth.

6. The danger of a single story is that only one side shows, but in reality there are two sides to every story. Stereotypes start to happen when people are uneducated. Indigenous people were misrepresented in a negative way in most cases. After reading more into the history of the Indigenous people, it was not them who were cruel, but the settlers who were trying to steal their land. This is an example of a single story because I was only taught one side of the story, when there is a whole other story that needs to be told too.

7. The Pocahontas Myth was based on a fairy tale about love, but in the chapter “Bloody Footprints” revealed the truth about how Native American people were badly mistreated. The women especially, because they were treated like they were less important to society than men. They were like slaves to the white settlers. Now, even in today’s media, the Native American history has been misunderstood

use only the sources i provided:

1.… ( experts from William bradford journal “of plymouth plantation)

2.… ( Real story of Poch.)



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