Objective: The objective of this lesson is to explore why coming across the Buffalo Rock on his motorcycle trip across North Dakota led to Kent Nerburn writing this book, Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder. Nerburn's thoughts about Indians, especially the Lakota Tribe will be discussed and the class will also be asked to share their own pre-existing thoughts about Indians: how they picture them and whether they have a positive or negative idea of Indians.
1) Class discussion: Have different members of the class volunteer to describe the landmark Nerburn came across.
2) Debate: Nerburn believed the rock, penned in like an animal, symbolized the Indian people reduced to being a roadside curiosity, devoid of their rich culture and heritage. Nerburn felt it was a poignant metaphor for the plight of the Indian people. Hold a cross class debate on this subject. Do...
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