RLST-2285EL – North American Native People: Tradition and Culture

Develops an appreciation of the Native people’s tradition and culture. Origin myths, rites and ceremonies, values, customs and life cycle are examined, as well as certain major themes such as Shamanism, Power, Renewal, Soul concepts and Animal Beings. Native tradition and culture are presented as a sacred way of life, and students are introduced to the special way of thinking, world view and the special relationship to the earth and to other beings of the Original People of North America. The course also examines the effects of European contact on Native culture and contemporary expressions of the old ways. Cross-listed as NATI 2285. (S) (lec 3) cr 6

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