Native Americans: Through Others' Eyes

Michelle Yepiz
Georgi Gutierrez
Rebecca Wood



Imagine that you are a settler; you have just moved to an area that is inhabited by Native Americans; their customs are vastly different than your own.  What are your opinions of these new people? How will those views affect your treatment of Native Americans? A Native American from the Jamul Indian Village will be coming to your town to speak to you about their customs and culture.  After the presentation, some questions you might ponder are:

  • What were your preliminary thoughts about Native Americans?
  • What did you learn from the guest speaker?
  • Did the guest speaker change any of your views?

Now is the time to investigate primary source artifacts which illustrate early American and foreign views of Native Americans. Use the Bancroft Library: Images of Native Americans Exhibit to begin your investigation.