Dances with Wolves (1990 PG-13)
Content Area
3h 1min
Movie Story Line
The story of a white Army officer who befriends a band of Sioux Indians and adopts their culture in the post-Civil War American west.
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Teaching Idea #1

This movie is based on events that took place with members of the Comanche tribe. The movie, however, was filmed with Native Americans from the Sioux tribe because they had people fluent in their native language able to support the film’s making. Research one of the Native Languages Archive Repositories to learn about efforts to document endangered indigenous languages.

Teaching Idea #2

Compare and contrast Lieutenant Dunbar’s experience with the Sioux against prevailing narratives about American Indians at the time. What was the ultimate source of conflict between white Americans and Indian tribes in the late 1800s? What is known about the indigenous people of the community you live in?

Teaching Idea #3

Research the Indian Removal Act of 1830. What was the purpose of this law? Map the tribes of people who were affected by the U.S. government's mass removal? Where do these different tribes originally live? Where were they relocated to? How many times were the tribes relocated?