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HW 1: Listen for stories. Who is telling the story and to whom? Whose story is being told? Why is the story being told? Find as many stories as possible! Keep notes!
HW 2: Who are the storytellers in your family? What are their stories for? Who are the storytellers in your community? What are their stories for?
HW 3: Listen to Part II, Thomas King, The Truth About Stories, “You’re Not the Indian I Had in Mind.” Listen with family members, if possible, and discuss. Do different generations in your family have different stories about Indigenous identity? Which of King’s stories or comments, if any, did different family members relate to? Which, if any, did they disagree with or object to? Write about any generational or other differences.
HW 4: Most people find a sense of belonging or meaning by having a particular role in their community, regardless of how community is defined. Do you know what your role is or will be, or what you would like it to be? Read Sherman Alexie’s short story This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix Arizona. Please bring a printed copy of the story to class.
HW 5: Think of a story you know that you relate to particularly in some way. It could be a traditional story, movie, novel, comic, rap, or anything else. Why do you feel connected to this story?