I have two different ideas for my lesson plan. I will discuss them with my group members on Monday and make a decision on which one to pursue. These ideas are:
(1) Tsunami Stories: Compare the Unangan and/or Sugapik myths and stories concerning tsunamis to the tsunami myths/stories of the Moken (Sea-Gypsy) people of Southeast Asia. (In 2004, the Moken people in Thailand were perhaps the only people to realize that a tsunami was coming, which caused nearly all of them to successfully evacuate to higher ground or out to sea.) I might also include one other regions/peoples origin story concerning tsunamis (I’m thinking perhaps Japan, where the word tsunami comes from).
- Split the class into groups corresponding to a specific region/people. Then have each group read “their” tsunami myth/origin story plus a brief account of an actual tsunami from that region. Ask each group to infer and discuss the relationship (if any) between “their” origin story and what it might say about the people/culture/place. Approx 25-30 minutes
- Have the groups present the origin story plus a very brief account of a historical tsunami in that region to the other groups. Approx 15-20 minutes.
- After group presentations ask each group to quickly talk about and then present similarities/differences on how the myths/stories compare between the different peoples/cultures/places. Approx 10 minutes.
(2) Elements of the Aleutians: Water, Wind and Fire – Split the class into three groups and have each group read/discuss a Unangan or Sugapik myth/origin story on either Water (possibly a Tsunami story), or Wind (the Aleutians have been called the Birthplace of the Winds), or Fire (a Volcano myth/origin story). 20 minutes.
- Have each group present their myth/origin story on one of the three elements to the other two groups. 10 minutes.
- Have each student (group maybe?) develop their own origin myth based upon three natural features/forces of nature that surround, affect or shape their own community. 30 minutes.