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Background For Teachers:
Brainstorm on the following questions. What would people need to survive, and what would they value if they lived in such a place? What would they eat and drink—and where would they get it from? Where would they want to live? Do seasons make a difference? What about mobility? Would they need to move around for food and water? If so, how would they move their homes? What skills and personal characteristics would they need to live in such a place, and how would they learn these skills?
Maude Moon, a Goshute elder, and Dr. Ralph V. Chamberlin, a renowned ethnobotanist, answer some of these questions for us. Distribute the excerpt of Moon’s oral history to half the class and Chamberlain’s The Ethno-Botany of the Gosiute Indians of Utah to the other half of the class. Have these two groups prepare a mini-report on their source based on the question: what do Moon and Chamberlain tell us about how the Goshute survived?
We Shall Remain: The Goshute provides even more answers to the question of what traits characterized the Goshutes. Show clips from chapter 2, 0:23–4:25; chapter 3, 4:25–6:15; and chapter 4, 14:42– 17:00. Ask students what traits characterize the Goshutes. (Teachers: a good summary of these traits is found at the end of the film, chapter 5, 22:00–24:00.) Then ask them what they think would happen if the delicate balance of Goshute life was disrupted. Could ingenuity and adaptability carry the day even in such a challenging environment?
The answer is YES and NO. Either use the Goshute Interactive Map or lecture from the At a Glance to tell the story of the arrival of whites in the Goshute homeland and how the Goshutes attempted to adapt. Ultimately, they did survive, but their cherished way of life, with its seasonal movement and use of all parts of the land, did not.
Have students complete the Goshute worksheet.
Defa, Dennis R. "The Goshute Indians of Utah." In A History of Utah's American Indians. Ed. Forrest S. Cuch. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2000.
Lewis, David Rich. "Skull Valley Goshutes and the Politics of Nuclear Waste." In Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on the Ecological Indian. Ed. Michael Harkin and David Rich Lewis. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
Madsen, Brigham D. Glory Hunter: A Biography of Patrick Edward Conner. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1990.
Malouf, Carlin. The Goshute Indians: The Indian Claims Commission Reports. 1951. Reprint, New York: Garland Publishing, 1974.
Simpson, James H. Report of Explorations across the Great Basin in 1859. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1983.
The University of Utah's American West Center (AWC) produced the curriculum materials in consultation with the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Utah State Office of Education, KUED 7, and the Goshute, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone, Southern Paiute, and Ute nations.
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