Introduces the diverse cultures, histories, and traditions of the indigenous peoples, nations, and civilizations of North America from their origins through the era of European colonization. Examines contemporary social, economic, and political currents as well as challenges faced by Native American communities today. The course employs an interdisciplinary approach that draws from historical archaeology, ethnography, history, studies in colonialism and material culture, literature, and film.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Theories for the origins of Native Americans
- History of European/Native American relations from invasion to the present
- Cultures and histories of some of the following culture areas: Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Northwest, Plains, Great Basin, California, Plateau, Subarctic, or Arctic
- Discuss the origins of Native Americans and the development of pre-European cultural patterns throughout North America
- Describe the similarities as well as the wide range of variability within native societies in North America
- Idenitfy the ecological diversity of the native peoples' adjustment to the wide range of resources available.
- Identify the general patterns of life within each of the major ecological zones
- Discuss the impact of European and American peoples culture systems on the native North American poeples and their culturees.
- Discuss the nature of Native American cultural heritage in today's world
- Identify and discuss the stereotypical portrayals associated with Native Americans? Discuss why Native Americans object to these portrayals.*
Assessment and Requirements
Assessment of academic achievement may include (but is not limited to) exams, quizzes, homework, and projects.
- Social Sciences
- Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
- Category 4: Social Sciences