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PKI Teaching Guide

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  • 8)

    Are Kane’s sketches and paintings accurate sources for historians and others to use?

  • 9)

    What can we learn about First Nations and Métis lifestyles from Kane’s work?

  • 10)

    Research and report on the historical background of early nineteenth century Canada and

discuss the social and political context Paul Kane would have grown up in.

11) Research and report on the historical background of early nineteenth century Canadian First Nations and Métis lifestyles.

12) Are Kane’s paintings better historical sources than written accounts? Discuss.

Senior History/Social Sciences/Native Studies/Art History

  • 13)

    What are Kane’s strengths and weaknesses as an anthropologist?

  • 14)

    What evidence of cultural contact and European hegemony can we see in Kane’s

work?

15) Was Kane an emissary of the British Empire or a sensitive observer of First Nations and Métis life?

16) How different would Kane’s work be if he were a photographer? Would photography escape charges of bias?

17) What role do visual artists play in our sense of history? Compare their effectiveness to that of the written word or preserved artifacts.

  • 18)

    Research and report upon the First Nations and Métis cultures of the Great Plains.

  • 19)

    Discuss the influence of Rousseau’s Noble Savage idea on Kane’s work.

  • 21)

    Was Kane an early proponent of Globalization through the Hudson’s Bay Company and

the British Empire?

22) Research and report on the economic climate of the fur trade in Canada.

Selected Bibliography

De Landa, Manuel. A Thousand Years of History. New York: Zone Books, 1997.

Dickason, Olive. Canada’s First Nations. A History of Founding People’s from Earliest Times. Toronto and New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Francis, Daniel. The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1992.

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