PKI Teaching Guide
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The two to choose from are entitled:
Fort Edmonton Buffalo Hunt
View Kane’s field notes and compare them the published text. Note: This activity might
be of more interest for students to try on their own. The main point is to illustrate the subtle but important differences between the “field Kane” and the book published under his name, Wanderings of an Artist.
Kane’s field writing and the work that was published under his name in Wanderings of
an Artist raise many fascinating questions about how history is created. Find some documents that are at least 100 years old at www.canadiana.org that help tell a story about the past. Decide if these documents are primary or secondary sources. Find other clues at the
library and on the internet to tell the story of a particular event or person. Conduct more research on Paul Kane as well as on George Simpson, Tecumseh, Poundmaker and Big Bear. During this research process, ask students to consider which sources are primary and which are secondary.
Kane’s field writings are quite different from what is presented in the published book
Wanderings of an Artist. Discuss the significance of this observation and whether we should
be concerned about the authenticity of the representations in the book.
Early in 2006 it was revealed that several portions of James Frey's best-selling
memoir, "A Million Little Pieces," were made up
(http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0104061jamesfrey1.html ). The book's publisher
issued a statement saying that, in essence, it did not really matter as it was a “personal
history whose aim was to illuminate, by way of example, events and issues of broader social consequence”. Find out if students agree or disagree with this statement. Ask students to find
out what is the difference between a work of fiction and a memoir. Ask them to consider whether everything included in a personal memoir should be true. Discuss this issue and relate to certain problems in Kane’s book Wanderings of an Artist.
10b. - Video - The Pacific Northwest
This video explains in detail what Kane experienced in Pacific Northwest. In particular it speaks to the incredible mix of cultures he encountered and how to this day there is a significant cultural legacy.
sense of place