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BAHÁ IPÁ OWÁNIJA
("They Perished at the Rock Point")

[Resource code: FVFP_01]

LESSON OVERVIEW:
What is told and what is remembered?

In this lesson, students will watch and listen to the Bahá Ipá Owánija story, make observations about what they noticed and remembered, and then watch it again to see what details were not remembered and ask why. 

 

This story is about a place known in English as Rocky Point where two hundred years ago a band of Nakóda relatives hid themselves away to prevent the spread of smallpox and ensure the resilience of their people. The story particularly resonates with  young people today in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

KEY LESSON INFO

Subjects covered:

  • Native American studies, specifically Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Northern Cheyenne) culture and language in Montana

  • Storytelling

  • Can be integrated into history, ELA (language arts), visual arts, music composition and sound design, choreography, dance, and film

 

Grade level: Grade 8 through college (can be adapted for other grade levels)

Duration: One class period of 60 minutes or more (which can be expanded)

PREPARING FOR THE LESSON

Ensure you have the video, sound, and internet connectivity for all students to view the story below. If you feel connectivity might be an issue in the classroom, contact First Voices (info@threshdance.org) to request a download option, which you can do in advance of the class. Click here for a troubleshooting video.

DOWNLOAD LESSON PLAN

THE STORY

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Bahá Ipá Owánija ("They Perished at the Rock Point") is narrated by Michael Turcotte, Nakóda language specialist at Fort Peck Community College. The performers in the video are all participants in the First Voices project. The music is composed and performed by Chontay Standing Rock.

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