Native American Traditions
This course provides a survey of Native American cultures from both Native and non-Native perspectives. Social, economic, religious and artistic traditions will be examined. Course content includes a review of prehistoric origins as well as an evaluation of the effects of centuries of contact with people from Europe, Africa and Asia.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Apply the four subfields of anthropology to the study of Native Americans.
- Evaluate ethnocentric bias and examples of cultural relativism.
- Illustrate the concepts of culture, culture as adaption and culture area.
- Assess the archaeological theories and creation stories about the origins of first Americans.
- Discriminate between the etic and emic perspectives on the traditional culture history of Native Americans.
- Outline the record of key U. S. government policies pertaining to American Indians.
- Explore active construction of culture and responses to change.
- Determine how social and economic structures by culture area are adaptations to shared human needs.
- Explore major issues of importance to contemporary Native Americans.
Currently no sections of this class are being offered.