ANTH 233 - American Indian Studies
Third term of a three-term sequence of Anthropology courses dealing with native cultures of North America. This course focuses on the people and cultures indigenous to America west of the Rockies: California, Pacific Northwest, Plateau, and Great Basin areas. Kwakiutl, Nez Perce, Shoshone, and Pomo cultures are emphasized. Course design as described for ANTH231. May be taken out of sequence.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior: Identification of the main cultural domains, forms and their interrelations (subsistence, economics, political and social structure, religion, etc.) as manifested in Native American cultures west of the Rocky Mountains; identification of the role these play in the generation of Native American beliefs and practices.
2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live: Compare and contrast the cultural patterns and characteristics of the four cultural areas west of the Rocky mountains – Great Basin, California, Plateau, and Pacific Northwest. Compare and contrast cultural patterns and characteristics of modern America with the "traditional" Indian cultures in these four areas.
3. Understand the role of individuals and institutions within the context of society: Discussion of differences in cultural concept of "the individual" and "person" and the individual's relation to the community within and between American Indian cultures and American society. Comparisons and contrast of American and native worldviews.
4. Assess different theories and concepts, and understand the distinctions between empirical and other methods of inquiry: Presents theories of cultural contact and consequences for development, assimilation, and acculturation and assess their adequacy in relation to what is known of the cultural history and characteristics of American Indians.
5. Utilize appropriate information literacy skills in written and oral communication: In-class discussion and evaluation of course readings; term papers and take-home essay exams focusing on data and argument explication and evaluation.
6. Understand the diversity of human experience and thought, individually and collectively: Presentation and discussion of Native American Indian worldview and "religion". Comparison and contrast with general worldview and religion of non-Native America. Discussion of the interconnectedness of the ideal and the real in all worldviews.
7. Apply knowledge and skills to contemporary problems and issues: Illustrates and discusses ways in which Native American cultural beliefs and practices have avoided certain problems of contemporary society, and therefore provide a model for possible solutions to ecological, social, and spiritual problems and issues of modern American society.
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