Sam Champlain

Based on the films we watched in class, courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada, what were Champlain’s original intentions and how did they change? Why do you suppose he would be reluctant to have the Church get a piece of New France?

Please forgive the use of the term “Indian”. These are old films and we have evolved since then.

Neil Young on Colonialism

Neil Young,a former Winnipegger and student at my old high school, wrote several songs dealing with colonialism, racism in the South and human rights during the 60s and 70s. Based on the lyrics to “Pocahontas”, what is Neil saying about the “John Smith” story and the American experience in general? What is he trying to say in “Cortez the Killer”?

Both tracks can be found here.