Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Courageous Warrior History

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Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Courageous Warrior History


Company: Metaphor Publishing, A Division of Toma & Associates, 1201 18th Street, Suite 210, Denver, CO 80202; 303/293-8353; Fax: 303/297-1742; http://www.prototoma.com/dogsoldier/.

Price: $45.00--Institution price, hybrid Macintosh/Windows 95/3.1 CD-ROM; $50.00--Consumer price, hybrid CD-ROM.

Audience: 8th grade through adult

Format: CD-ROM: text, graphics, video, animation

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Overall Rating *****

Installation       A
Content/Features   A
Ease of Use        A
Product Support    A

Maximum rating: 5 stars

System Requirements: For Power PC Macintosh or equivalent: 6 MB RAM, 2x CD-ROM, System 7 or later. PC and PC compatible: Pentium, 8 MB RAM, 2x CD-ROM, Windows 3.1 with WinG or better, Win 95 preferred; QuickTime 2.5, 13-inch or larger 256-color VGA monitor, mouse.

Description: Cheyenne Dog Soldiers is a multimedia research tool that offers an in-depth look at the historic conflicts between the U.S. Cavalry and the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers between 1864-1869. The program offers students a virtual museum exhibit of artifacts that can be examined in great detail, complete battle descriptions and detailed maps, oral histories of descendants of the Cheyenne, ledger art created by the Cheyenne during the battles, and a Kid's Corner that allows students to work with the ledger art.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: I installed the CD-ROM on a Gateway 2000, Pentium 200 MHz processor with 32 MB RAM, 12x/16x CD-ROM drive, running Windows 95. The installation was very easy. The instruction booklet offers easy-to-read directions for the installation of both the CD-ROM and Quick Time, if needed. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Cheyenne Dog Soldiers is a multidimensional research tool that provides a look into an episode of American history through the eyes of the Cheyenne Indians. The CD-ROM is divided into six segments.

The Virtual Exhibit presents a walk through the displays at the Colorado History Museum. By clicking and dragging the mouse and following easy onscreen directions, the user can tour the exhibit, hear a narration, and read detailed descriptions of the artifacts and the events that took place between the Dog Soldiers and the U.S. Cavalry.

Some of the artifacts can be tilted or viewed from various sides with a click and drag of the mouse. The floor plan of the exhibit has hot buttons that link to narratives or photos for clear explanations of people, places, or events.

One highlight of this section is a series of video oral histories of battle narratives that have been passed down from actual participants to present-day Cheyenne. Other features include an X-ray of a saddle, links to actual ledger pages, and a video on loading and shooting a Howitzer cannon.

The second section, Dog Soldiers, answers questions about this group of Cheyenne Indians. The segment titled "Massacre at Sand Creek" gives details about the precipitating event of this period, with links to ledger art, maps, and narrated text. …

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