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Background For Teachers:
The lesson draws connections to present-day women leaders of the Paiute Tribe of Utah, such as
former chairwomen Lora Tom and Geneal Anderson, current chair woman Jeanine Borchart, and cultural
leaders Eleanor Toms, Karman Grayman, and Shanan Martineau.
Pass out the “Sarah Winnemucca, American Indian Leader” student sheets. Have students make two lists as they read, one listing the challenges that Sarah Winnemucca had to overcome and one detailing the things she was able to accomplish. (This can be classwork or a homework assignment.)
Show the students We Shall Remain: The Paiute (you may choose to have the students watch the full documentary or just the clips above). As they watch the film or clips, have the students take notes on leadership. What types of leaders are portrayed in the film? Cultural? Political? Are there women in these leadership roles? Who are they and how do they lead? What issues do they focus on? What role does their gender play in their leadership?
Using their Sarah Winnemucca lists and their film notes, have the students write an essay or make a
chart or Venn diagram comparing the modern examples of Paiute leadership with the example set by
Martineau, Shanan. Interview. Sept. 26, 2008. We Shall Remain, KUED Public Television.
Tom, Gary, and Ronald Holt. "The Paiute Tribe of Utah." In A History of Utah's American Indians. Ed. Forrest Cuch. Salt Lake City: Utah Division of Indian Affairs and Utah State Division of History, 2000.
Tom, Eleanor. Interview with Forrest Cuch. Mar. 7, 2008. We Shall Remain, KUED Public Television.
Tom, Lora. Interview with Forrest Cuch. Mar. 6, 2008. We Shall Remain, KUED Public Television.
Utah State Office of Education, "Lora E. Tom."
Zanjani, Sally. Sarah Winnemucca. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2001.
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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