Analysis Questions

These analysis questions challenge the student’s careful viewing of “Tecumseh's Vision." They can be used as a handout for students to fill out as each answer is revealed in the film.

Chapter One, "Here We Shall Remain"

Tecumseh takes a stand

  1. What was Tecumseh's vision?
Chapter Two, Uncertainty and Betrayal

Broken treaties, from Treaty of Paris to Treaty of Greenville—Battle of Fallen Timbers

  1. What is the meaning of Tecumseh’s name?
  2. At the film's opening, where was the Shawnees' home?
  3. How did the Treaty of Fort Stanwix affect Tecumseh’s life?
  4. What happened to Tecumseh’s family and how did this shape his life?
  5. Why was the treaty of the Peace of Paris a turning point for the Native peoples? What lands were ceded to the new republic that changed things for the Shawnees forever?

    Map 1: Indian territory before the Treaty of Greenville

    Map 2: Indian lands ceded in the Treaty of Greenville

  6. Why did Jefferson’s policy of "an empire of liberty" unite many Native peoples in resistance?
  7. Why does historian R. David Edmunds call the Battle of Fallen Timbers a “disaster for tribal people?” He goes on to describe the subsequent Treaty of Greenville as “the death knell" for Native peoples. Why?
Chapter Three, Broken Homes, Broken Communities

Why the old way of life diminishes

  1. With the loss of Ohio land to incoming settlers, why couldn’t Native communities sustain their old way of life?
  2. What was the “factory system?”
  3. What was the effect of the loss of land on Native communities?
Chapter Four, The Prophet's Vision

A spiritual vision and its impact

  1. What happened in the spring of 1805 to Tecumseh’s brother Tenskwatawa and how did it revive the culture and identity of his people?
  2. What did Tenskwatawa tell his people to do as a result of his vision?
  3. How did Tecumseh begin to work with his brother to make the spiritual movement more political?
Chapter Five, "Black Sun"

Harrison challenges the Prophet- Treaty of Fort Wayne

  1. What was the first decisive step of the pan-Indian organization in spring 1806?

    Map 3: first site of Tecumseh's village

    Map 4: relocated site of Tecumseh's village

  2. Did all of the Shawnees join this movement?
  3. What did the Prophet do to leaders who opposed him, and what was the effect of his actions?
  4. The territorial governor, William Henry Harrison, challenged the Prophet to prove himself. What did Harrison challenge him to do? How did the challenge backfire?
  5. What new site did the Native peoples move to and why? What did they call it?
  6. What was the impact of the Treaty of Fort Wayne in 1809?

    Map 5: the Treaty of Fort Wayne

Chapter Six, The Tribes Unite

The radicalism and rise of Tecumseh

  1. A powerful orator, what did Tecumseh say to his people to revive the confederacy that he had known as a young man?
  2. What difficult job did he take on to make this happen? What were the challenges facing him?
Chapter Seven, Tecumseh and Harrison

Historic confrontation between Tecumseh and Harrison

  1. What did William Henry Harrison think of Tecumseh’s skills as a leader?
  2. What remarkable claim does biographer John Sugden say Tecumseh made? Why was it in some ways preposterous?
Chapter Eight, The Battle of Tippecanoe

Harrison strikes Prophet Town and the heart of the Indian Confederacy

  1. While Tecumseh was visiting the Southeast to gain adherents to his cause, what did Harrison do and what was the Prophet’s response?
Chapter Nine, The War of 1812

Battle of 1812, British alliance, Battle of Detroit

  1. What happened in 1812 to shore up an alliance between Tecumseh and the British? Who was the British commander that considered Tecumseh a brilliant military leader?
  2. What was the significance of the Battle of Detroit and what trick did Tecumseh pull on the Americans?
Chapter Ten, The Final Betrayal

British betrayal, death and legacy of Tecumseh

  1. When Brock died and Proctor took his place, how did the relationship between the British and Native peoples change? What did Tecumseh say in his speech to the British in 1813 that showed his leadership even under adversity?
  2. Tecumseh died at the Battle of the Thames. What happened to his dream of a confederacy?

Comprehension Questions

These comprehension questions challenge students to make connections and understand the effects of historical circumstances on this particular chapter of history, the cause and effect relationships between historical events and social movements, and the effects of implementing U.S. policy.

  1. How did the 1763 Peace of Paris that followed Britain’s victory in the Seven Years War change the relationship between Native peoples and colonists?
  2. How did the decline of the fur trade affect the Native peoples’ relationship with the British?
  3. The federal “factory system” was created at President George Washington’s suggestion in 1795. How did Jefferson enlarge and change the factory system to suit his goals? What was the outcome for Native peoples?
  4. What were the four steps of the Jeffersonian program for inducing Native peoples to sell their lands in preparation for “civilization”?
  5. In 1801 Jefferson appointed William Henry Harrison governor of Indiana Territory to administer his proposed solution to the “Indian problem.” What did he mean by the “Indian problem” and what was his solution?
  6. How did the relationship between the British and Native peoples change after the War of 1812? Compare and contrast the actions of the British at the Battle of Fallen Timbers and the Battle of Detroit.
  7. Who joined Tecumseh’s confederacy and why? What happened to Tecumseh’s confederacy after his death?
  8. What was the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and how did it hasten the removal policy of Native peoples? What pressures did it put on the other U.S. territories?
  9. What was Jefferson’s “empire for liberty” and what were its consequences for Native peoples?
  10. The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-06) investigated trade prospects with Native peoples across the continent. How did this expedition affect Jefferson’s “empire for liberty” and his Indian policy? How did the introduction of western medicine and the smallpox vaccine affect Native peoples?
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