Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Viewing Questions


Questions must be word processed and include the following:

·         Your interpretation of the scene /quote

·         How this demonstrates historical perspective using evidence/example from the film

·         Why a paradox (question 1)

·         Why Gall returns to take Ohiysa from the Sioux in order to be trained in the “American Ways”.

Post Viewing Day 1:

1. Discuss the paradox revealed when Sitting Bull, who oversaw the massacre at Little Big Horn, sits with General Sherman and they have a serious discussion about the nature of the land and who has a right to live on it. Sitting Bull states that the American government should not rob the land from his people; Sherman makes a strong case that the Sioux took the land from others because they felt it was their God-given right, and now white Americans are merely carrying on the tradition by doing exactly the same thing to the Sioux. Sitting Bull responds that his God is the only true god and war is declared.

Paradox (a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth revealed):



2. Discuss the meaning of the following quote “The earth belongs to the white man. There is no future without him.” Note: Gall, Sitting Bull’s brother and Ohiysa’s father, who had converted to Christianity, was singing a Christian hymn that transformed into a Sioux chant as he watched Ohiysa’s train pull away.