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Cornell Notes. Don’t write everything! Main ideas, events, and people Wait until end of each slide Use phrases, not full sentences Use abbreviations and symbols. Walam Olum. “The Red Record”. Walam Olum Background. Composed on birch bark Walam: painted

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Cornell Notes

  • Don’t write everything!
    • Main ideas, events, and people
    • Wait until end of each slide
  • Use phrases, not full sentences
  • Use abbreviations and symbols
walam olum

Walam Olum

“The Red Record”

walam olum background
Walam Olum Background

Composed on birch bark

Walam: painted

Olum: notched stick or engraved piece of wood

Written in pictographs

Pictograph: drawings that represent words and ideas

Comprised of 3 books/cantos and 186 symbols

Relates the history, legends, and mythology of the Lenape Native Americans (Delaware)





walam olum as authentic text
Walam Olum as Authentic Text…
  • 1840’s: Educated Indian Chief George Copway declared the text authentic in signs, dialect, and ideas and conceptions
  • Respectable anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians upheld authenticity
  • Lenape tribe used birch bark scrolls
  • C. Rafinesque was a scientist
c rafinesque walam olum forger
C. Rafinesque: Walam Olum Forger
  • Lived 1783-1840
  • Naturalist with interests in biology, botany, geology, anthropology, and linguistics
  • Professor, writer, scientist with mild lifetime success
  • Not widely accepted by the scientific community for new specimens
walam olum as hoax
Walam Olum asHoax

C. Rafinesque

  • Suspicious origins:
    • Dr. Ward
    • Sacred text as payment
    • Why Rafinesque?
  • Linguistic inaccuracies:
    • Modern Lenape language
    • Proficiency in language
    • Backwards translation
  • Other problems:
    • Story compiled from other sources
    • Hybrid pictographs
    • Rafinesque very ambitious
  • No proof:
    • Originals are “lost”
    • No record of existence
    • Differs from traditional Native traditions
cornell notes questions
Cornell Notes: Questions
  • Work individually
  • Write one question from each level, three questions total
  • Questions should line up with the related notes on your paper
a b sharing
A/B Sharing

Hypothesize as to why this was not found as a hoax for 150 years.

Imagine the impact of this incident on the Lenape people.

cornell notes summary
Cornell Notes: Summary
  • Word individually
  • Write a 6-8 sentence summary
  • Use different words than are in your notes
  • Include:
    • Big idea
    • Support
    • Conclusion