Day School: The American Indian Wars: The Cheyenne Story

Ref: C2225136

The Cheyenne were second only to the Sioux for their impassioned resistance to American expansion into Indian lands during the 19th century. This course follows the fortunes of these proud buffalo hunting Indians, from their victories alongside Sitting Bull, to defeat, imprisonment, daring escape and tragic massacre all the way to the modern day. It is the story of all Native Americans as represented by the tumultuous experiences of one famous tribe.

Course aim

This course tells the story of the rise and fall of the Cheyenne tribe during the mid- to late-19th century and the legacy of war, defeat and imprisonment up to the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe how the Cheyenne created a society on the Great Plains
  • Describe they allied themselves with the Lakota to defend their territory from white encroachment
  • Demonstrate how they were defeated and imprisoned
  • Describe how they launched a daring and costly escape
  • List the ways in which the tribe today is still suffering from their 19th century experiences

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Day School: The American Indian Wars: The Cheyenne Story


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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