Moreover, Unca’s role as a religious leader helps her transition into a figure that commands the people to do as she wants. This is clear through Unca’s language as she centers her wants through their actions. She orders them to rise, retire, and sometimes “row me thither...I told the Indians they might return back, and come again in the evening” (128). Some scholars have seen this text as a feminist piece. They see this text as a feminist utopia that shows a woman who is a dominant figure in an 18th-century narrative. Unlike many texts during this era, she negates women's typical gender roles in the domestic sphere; she transgresses gender boundaries (Choudhary). I think one must question the ethics in Unca’s behavior. Specifically, one must examine her ethics as a Christian imperialist.
For a lesson plan, students will have an in-depth discussion on Unca’s role as an imperialist? Is she a feminist? These are questions that I would pose to students before discussing the historical context of this text. Before class and reading the text, students would be required to read the following articles:
Imperialism and Religion (All Open Access Sources)
First Encounters: Native Americans and Christians
AN AMERICAN TRADITION: THE RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION OF NATIVE AMERICANS
The Foreign Missionary Movement in the 19th and early 20th Centuries
Colonialism--Article and Videos
Explore the Indigenous Archives
I will discuss this novel for three days. I will lecture students over the historical context of this novel. Unca’s treatment of religion and the indigenous people lie in imperialistic indoctrination. Students will be required to make the connections between the novel and these resources. Next, we will examine paintings of indigenous people in the 17th century. What is going on in these paintings? What connections can you make between this images and the novel?
Explore the Feminist Theory Archive at Brown University
Digital Feminist Archives at Brown University
As a class, we will explore feminist theory. Can Female American be read through a feminist lens? How so? Next, we will explore the archives in groups to discover what connections can be made with this archive. Can Unca’s role be considered a true form of liberation? What is the hypocrisy in this?
The Definition of Performance Theory (Brown University) OAR
Gender Performance Theory *Students will be given access to this article; not OAR
After the discussion, we will discuss the term papers. Students will be able to explore the topics given or topics that they have come up with for their essays.