A SEARCH FOR IDENTITY AND AN AMERICAN INDIAN VISION THAT STILL LIVES TODAY.
This lesson plan uses the original story “I Am Indopino” by Gene Tagaban. He is a noted storyteller and story artist whose heritage is Tlingit, Cherokee, and Filipino. This story brings together Tagaban’s personal story and the history of discrimination against American Indians in Alaska. He also weaves into this rich narative the story of Elizabeth Peratrovich, who helped pass the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Act in Alaska, the first of its kind in the country.
This unit contains:
- Downloadable printable lesson plan
- Teacher guide
- Student activities
- Printed text of story
- Audio-downloads of story told by Gene Tagaban with his evocative music
- Other Resources
Gene Tagaban weaves together historical and personal stories to explore larger
themes and questions. He explores the complexity of personal identity in light of
his own multi-ethnic background while extending the question “Who am I?” to all of us.
Gene Tagaban illuminates the stereotypes that still surround indigenous people, in particular American Indians, and how those labels get in the way of seeing people for who they are in particular.
Tagaban also demonstrates how our histories —whether historical events, folk tales, or heroes—help shape who we are and how we understand ourselves.
Download the I Am Indopino lesson plan (PDF)
The following MP3 tracks are story excerpts for use with the I Am Indopino lesson plan. Please note that these excerpts are protected by copyright and are exclusively for educational use.
Excerpt #1 -- Track One -- 10:36 minutes
Excerpt #2 -- Track Two -- 8:55 minutes
Excerpt #3 -- Track Three -- 9:31 minutes
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About Storyteller Gene Tagaban
Gene Tagaban is a Native American performing artist, storyteller, trainer, counselor and healer. His heritage is Cherokee, Tlingit and Filipino. Raised in Alaska, Gene's Native American name Gaay Yaaw, loosely translates as Salmon Home Coming. He is of the Tak deintaan Raven Freshwater Sockeye clan of Hoonah, Alaska, and the Child of a Wooshkeetaan Eagle Thunderbird clan of Juneau, Alaska.
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