We will explore the storied landscapes of Northwest tribal peoples with a focus on four major themes: wisdom sits in places, all my relations, the trickster (resilience), and circle of life.
Our goal and that of the Native students who asked us to create this course is to facilitate an understanding of place from an indigenous perspective; to provide UI students with an opportunity to develop a critical understanding and appreciation for a local (yet global) Indigenous worldview and life experience different from their own, one which will deepen their experience of where we are and of the people who know this place the most intimately and enduringly. Welcome! In addition, below are more learning outcomes:
A. Three primary learning outcomes:
2) The second primary outcome is dual-fold. By juxtaposing that which is culturally distinct along side that which is immediate though often veiled, the contours of the landscape of one’s own culture and world view become clearer. You will gain a heightened understanding of your own unique cultural traditions and world view, as well as realize the common threads of our shared humanity, transcending the cultural differences between Indian and non-Indian communities, and between Indian communities.
3) The third primary outcome is to have you explore within yourself and articulate how you are going apply the knowledge and skills gained from your major field of study and this course to "make a difference" and provide a positive contribution to the quality of life of others within your own family and community.
B. Six specific learning outcomes:
1) You will gain an appreciation of the central role the oral traditions and the First Peoples play in creating and maintaining all aspects of the traditional Indian world, as expressed in art and architecture, in ceremonial life, in social and family life, and in hunting and fishing relations with the Animal Peoples.
2) As contact with Euro-American culture has had an critical impact on Indians society, you will gain an appreciation of the history of Indian-white relations and the colonization of Indians.
3) As you are attempting to understand a world view distinct from Euro-American culture, you will gain an awareness of the epistemological and pedagogical issues associated with Indian "knowing" and "education."
4) In attempting to understand American Indian world view, as well as attempt to apply what you have learned from this course, you will be introduced to the value of an interdisciplinary approach, and will be able to apply the tools of an interdisciplinary approach outside this course. Among the disciplinary approaches relied upon are American Indian Studies, Anthropology, History, Law, Literature, Sociology, and Political Science.
5) In our ethnically diverse society and culturally pluralistic world it is critical that we develop a tolerance of and respect for the varied world views of other cultures and peoples. An understanding of the Indian world view is an essential first step in facilitating an heightened ability for Indian-white communication, cooperation and collaboration.
6) In acknowledging the sovereignty of each Indian Tribe, an appreciation of the ethical considerations associated with intellectual and cultural property rights will be gained. When Indian culture and history are presented in an academic classroom or in any public forum, and to help assure the "authenticity" and "appropriateness" of what is considered most cherished by Indian peoples, a collaboration between the instructor and tribal representatives should occur.