Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale (1994)

Concept featured in clip: Disease
Location of clip: (DVD)

Summary of clip: Squanto has returned from England with his friend Epinow. However, Epiow and his tribe have blown up the ship and the English on the ship. And while Squanto does not understand why Epinow did this, he heeds Epinow’s advice and returns to his village, where he discovers that his whole tribe is dead because of the English and the sicknesses they brought when they captured Squanto the first time.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: People in England had been living with certain diseases for many generations and had built up immunities to them, however when they came to The New World the First Nations Peoples there did not have this immunity. Thus, in the movie, the whole tribe died as a result of the diseases.
Suggestions to teachers:

i. Suggested questions for students to when viewing the clip:
1. Why did Epinow blow up the ship?
2. Why did Squanto seem to be upset by this?
3. What did Squanto discover when he got to his village?
4. What was the reason the village did not have people in it?
5. Was Epinow justified in his actions?

ii. Suggested activity for students:
1. This is a good cross cutting video to showcase disease transport and immunity, but it works well with history (even though the show is mostly inaccurate) to show the First Nations People populations and their interactions with settlers throughout history.