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“A Cheyenne Odyssey” – Engaging students in the exploration of U.S. history

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown October 17th, 2013 Last Updated on: October 17th, 2013

THIRTEEN Productions in association with WNET launched their third interactive game in the Mission US series which immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games. The third mission features Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and U.S. military expeditions.  As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne's persistence through conflict and national transformation.

“‘A Cheyenne Odyssey' is the first game to present the Northern Cheyenne perspective on real events our people experienced,” said Dr. Richard Littlebear, President of Chief Dull Knife College and advisor to the project. “However, this is much more than a game about the high and low points of our history. It teaches students how to make decisions and how to live with the consequences of those decisions, just as one has to do in real life.”

Content for “A Cheyenne Odyssey” was developed by historians and educators at the American Social History Project (ASHP)/Center for Media & Learning, a research center at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, in close collaboration with representatives of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe at Chief Dull Knife College , a community-based and tribally-managed institution located on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in southeastern Montana. Dr. Littlebear and his colleagues consulted on educational content, scripting, design, and casting for the game.

To find out more about the game and how to play visit the Mission US website


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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E Krause

*rice field worker

E Krause

I think that is a culture deems something offensive it is wrong to offend them. I think the question is WOULD YOU WEAR BLACKFACE? It is the SAME thing. Would you feel comfortable if you run into a large group of African-American people and you were dressed in black face? Would you feel uncomfortable if you were dressed in and Native American outfit and you run into a large group of Native American people? Would you feel embarrassed if you were dressed as a rice cooker or some other Asian stereotype and you ran into a group of Asians? It is a very simple question with many parallels.

Bottom line there are people in our culture that are offended by other dressing up “as” a Native American. SO DONT BE AN INSENSITIVE SCUMBAG…

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