The award-winning documentary RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. The standards-aligned TeachRock RUMBLE lesson plans can help you bring that story into the classroom.

Drawing on short clips from the film, troves of source documents, archival photos, and journalism, the TeachRock RUMBLE lessons introduce students to important Native American musicians including Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Salas, Redbone, Buffy St. Marie, Robbie Robertson, and the Black Eyed Pea’s Taboo. The materials require students to engage in thoughtful discussion of contemporary issues such as identity and cultural appropriation, and to imagine key moments in American history from a Native perspective.

The feature-length version of RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World is available here.

Native American Music from Wounded Knee to the Billboard Charts: A Document-Based Exploration
Link Wray, "Rumble," and Growing Up "Shawnee Poor"
"Indians" in the American Imagination: Exploring Cultural Appropriation through Structured Academic Controversy
Blacklisted: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Peter La Farge, Johnny Cash, and the Red Power Movement
Exploring Identity in Native American Visual Art and Music through Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Salas, Robbie Robertson, and the Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo