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Unformatted text preview: NAS 10: Native American Experience Winter 2012, Tu/Th 10:3011:50 1322 Storer Hall Martha Macri [email protected] Office Hours: 2415 Hart Hall, M/W 10:1511:45 or by appt FINAL: Th March 22, 2012 10:3012:30 (not subject to change; check your exam schedules now) TAs: Stephanie Lumsden [email protected], Bayu Kristianto [email protected], Matthew Casey [email protected] Introduction to the diverse cultures of Native American peoples (North, Central, South America). Emphasis is on Native American voices in the expression of cultural views and the experience of conflicting values. Goals 1. To introduce you to the variety of the indigenous cultures of the Americas. 2. To associate cultural groups with their geo-physical location (climate, natural resources, food, transportation, trade, relationships with neighboring groups). 3. To look at issues of self-identity and group membership. 4. To consider personal and social conflicts arising from the mixing of cultural traditions and worldviews. 5. To become a more effective writer. 6. To learn effective group discussion techniques. Texts Hinton, Leanne 1993 Flutes of Fire: The Indian Languages of California. Heyday Books, Berkeley. Lefler, Lisa J., editor 2009 Under the Rattlesnake: Cherokee Health and Resiliency. U of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa. Sarris, Greg 1997 Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream. U of California Press, Berkeley. Readings on SmartSite, e.g., UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Native American Language Act; Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act; articles in Langscape. 1 Lectures provide background for the assigned readings. Not all lecture material is covered in the readings. Be sure to take notes. Attendance at lecture and at section is mandatory. If you miss a lecture or a section you should: first, get notes from another student, second, speak to your TA. Assigned readings should be completed before the lectures for which they are assigned. Readings will usually be discussed on the Tuesday class for the week assigned--unless otherwise noted in the syllabus. Maps in the texts, and shown in class provide locations and geophysical features relating to indigenous groups, and illustrate historical relationships between various peoples. They are important, and will be asked about in the exams. Section Meetings You are required to attend and participate in discussion sections. Keys to successful speaking and listening: one person speaks at a time without interruption a group leader conducts meeting arrange yourselves so no one is "outside" everyone participates allow for silences if you have already had three turns in an hour. . . if needed, the TA will have questions to stimulate or guide discussion consider how readings and lectures relate to course themes Films that are shown in class should be considered lectures; they are not available for later viewing. You should make note of the following items: 1. Title 2. Theme or topic of the film 3. Geographic/cultural region(s) featured 4. Time period or dates of major events 5. Name and tribe of key persons (historical figures, persons interviewed, narrator) 7. Your own response (ideas, reactions) Exams includes multiple choice questions and essay questions. Exams can cover anything from lectures, films, readings, maps, section meetings. Study guides are guides only. Use Blue Books and Scantrons. Course Grade (each of your assignments will be graded as a percent) 25% 3 writing assignments (10%, 10%, 5%) 5% oral report in section on one of the listed films 20% active participation in section (in 8 of 9 section meetings; 2.5 points per section meeting) 25% mid-term exam 25% final exam Papers are due at the beginning of class. Late assignments lose 5 points per day. Grades are given as percents. Roughly, they correspond to the following letter grades (+/- not indicated here) A 10090, B 8980, C 7970, D 6960, F 590 2 Course Themes 1. This is a hemispheric look at Native Americans. 2. Indigenous peoples tend to have a significant identification with place, with their local geographic region. 3. Traditional Native Americans have an awareness of, concern for, and identity with ancestors and with the generations to come. 4. Indigenous cultures are resilient. 5. Indigenous cultures are adaptive. 6. Heritage languages are central to personal and cultural identity. 7. Experiences of injustice, rejection, and isolation are common to us all. 8. Negotiating identity (figuring out who we are) is a universal experience, an on-going process. 9. Identity as a Native American differs from country to country, from group to group, from person to person. 10. Many people in this society have multiple heritages. 11. The experience of having been colonized is distinct from having been the colonizer. 12. Indigenous spiritualities tend to be connected to the earth, the sky, the seasons. 13. Indigenous spiritualities tend to include performances, ceremonies. 14. You don't have to agree with someone else, but it is helpful to have some idea why he or she holds those opinions. 15. Becoming a good writer will improve your grades in any subject and will increase your effectiveness and your earning power in almost any career you choose. Three Graded Writing Assignments: The first 2 papers will be turned in, graded, returned for revision, re-graded. The first versions are NOT rough drafts, they are a finished papers. After they are graded and corrected you will have the opportunity to revise them, and to improve your grade by up to 5 points. Turn in the copy of the original paper with the revised version. If you do not turn in a revision on time your original grade will be lowered by 5 points. Late revisions cannot be accepted. The last paper will not be returned for revision. Its focus is on your experiences and ideas. Website Review 34 pages Cultural Event 34 pages Reflection Paper 2 pages Format: typed double-spaced 12 pt Times/Times New Roman) 1" margin on all sides Prepare by making an outline. Proofread your paper. Read it out loud. Have someone else check it. If you copy text be sure to use quotation marks and give the source. If English is not your first language, be sure to have someone who is read over your paper to help you with editing it. 3 Grading Guidelines Grade A follows instructions, interesting to read, well organized, notable introduction and conclusion, appropriate tone and word choice, good paragraph structure, good sentence structure, no mechanical errors, on time. Grade B follows instructions, interesting to read, well organized, well developed introduction and conclusion, good paragraph structure, good sentence structure, few mechanical errors, on time. Grade C follows instructions, not very interesting, no new insights, barely adequate introduction and conclusion, organized, on time. Grade D does not follow instructions, not well organized, not well presented, late, too short. Sample grading for papers (percentages are approximate). Content 30% (thesis statement, supporting examples, analytical thinking, insights) Structure 30% (introduction, relevant supporting data, paragraphs transition logically) Mechanics 30% (spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, word choice, length) Interest 10% (does the paper hold the reader's interest?) Descriptions of Assignments Website Review 3-4 pages (PLUS 1-page APPENDIX) Choose an official website of a Native American tribe. Introduction: 1 page Identify the tribe, original and current geographic locations, give the URL. What are the major categories of pages within this website? Body: 2-3 pages From looking at the website, what can you find out about this tribe? Its political structure? Its projects? Its priorities? Its size? Its wealth? Its language? Is the website interesting enough to make you want to explore it? Does some of it seem to be restricted to members? Conclusion: 1 page What have you learned about the tribe from the site? What questions do you still have? Offer your own evaluation of the site: ease of use, level of technical complexity (good, bad, distracting), organization, breadth of subject matter, links to related sites, up to date. How does this site relate to other materials and themes of this course? PLUS: Appendix: 1 page printout of the home page (or part of the home page). Only ONE page! Cultural Event 3-4 pages Attend a Native American cultural event. This can be a powwow or gathering, lecture, or visit to a museum. Use the 2 pages to describe the event (date, location, nature of the event), and your own personal response to it (fun, awe-inspiring, surprising, puzzling, frightening). Include whether or not the event changed your awareness of or increased your knowledge about Native American life. Reflection Paper 2 pages This personal essay is an opportunity for you to reflect upon what you have learned in this class. Respond to each of the following points: How has this class changed your awareness of Native Americans? of broader social issues? 4 Film Report 3-5 minute oral report due by the third section meeting of January View one of the films listed below that you have not seen before (choose only from those listed). Briefly identify the location, time period, tribe, genre (drama, history, comedy, etc.) Summarize the plot. How did you feel after viewing the film? Does it educate, or does it reinforce misconceptions and stereotypes? How does it relate to other materials and themes of this course? Smoke Signals Powwow Highway Rabbit-Proof Fence The Fast Runner Whale Rider The Business of Fancy-Dancing Black Robe The Mission Lakota Woman Dance Me Outside also (not pictured) Skins TENTATIVE schedule of lectures, films, readings, due dates. Subject to modification as needed. Week 1: Hinton Intro, 1,4,5; Langscape 2.2 Sierra Tarahumara 7; Linguistic Diversity 8, Environmental Knowledge 9 T Jan 10 Course introduction, syllabus, themes, readings, discussion methods, course writing assignments; NAS major, NAS minor; discussion of Hinton. Th Jan 12 Languages, cultures, prehistory; discussion of Langscape; description of the Film Review. Week 2: Hinton 6,7,10; Langscape 2.3 Biocultural Diversity 1415 T Jan 17 Algonquian and Iroquois of the East; the language encounter; Mohawks in Beehives Th Jan 19 Southeastern tribes (European contact, removal/1830s) Video Clip: Cherokee Stomp Dance 5 Week 3: Hinton 5, 11,12,; Langscape 2.4 Native Languages Indigenous Knowledge 8, 910 T Jan 24 Plains; Teaching children about stereotypes. Indians as sports mascots; disc. Hinton. Th Jan 26 Southwest peoples; description of Website Review; discussion Indigenous Knowledge. Video: Who Owns the Past? Week 4: Hinton 17,18,19,21,22, T Jan 31 Discussion of Hinton; California Video Clip: Maria's Legacy (Chumash elder) DUE in Section: Oral Film Report Th Feb 2 Cherokee (contemporary issues) Week 5: Lefler (Altman and Belt "Well-Being"); Langscape 2.7 First Nations 421, Sarris 134 T Feb 7 Cherokee Ideas of health and wellness; Native American science, astronomy, calendrics, and technology; discussion of First Nations. DUE: WEBSITE REVIEW Th Feb 9 Great Basin Video: Ishi the Last Yahi Week 6: Sarris 3567, Lefler (Hamilton and Townsend "Skeletal Studies") T Feb 14 Mid-term exam PICK UP: WEBSITE REVIEW Th Feb 16 Arctic, Northwest Coast; sacred objects, sacred sites; discussion of Sarris. Description of the Cultural Event Description Week 7: Sarris 68122; Lefler (Hamilton "Bioarchaeology"); UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples, FAQs T Feb 21 UN Declaration: Implications, implementation; discussion of bioarchaeology. DUE: WEBSITE REVIEW corrected version Th Feb 23 Native American Graves and Repatriation Act 1990 (NAGPRA) Video: A Box of Treasures Week 8: Sarris 123165; Langscape 2.6 Mexico 416 T Feb 28 Mexico; biodiversity Video Clip: Lacandon Ceremony DUE: CULTURAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Th Mar 1 Guatemala. Description of the Reflection Paper Week 9: Lefler (Lefler and Belt "Historical Trauma:) T Mar 6 Bioarchaeology among NA tribes; peoples of the Amazon River and Amazon basin PICK UP: CULTURAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Th Mar 8 Andes; Lake Titicaca. Terralingua web discussion with Luisa Maffi (to be confirmed) Week 10: Lefler (Cozzo "Dietary Practices") T Mar 13 Traditional dietary practices, health/disease DUE: CULTURAL EVENT DESCRIPTION corrected version Th Mar 15 Review for Final Exam; discussion of Sarris and other readings. DUE: REFLECTION PAPER (not returned for corrections) FINAL Exam: Thursday March 22 10:30 AM12:30 AM. 6 Websites Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival http://aicls.org New Age Frauds and Plastic Shamans http://newagefraud.org/index.html Our Mother Tongues http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/we-still-live-here/our-mother-tongues.html Terralingua, biocultural diversity conservation http://www.terralingua.org/bcdconservation/ Tribal Eye Productions http://www.youtube.com/user/tribaleyepro Maps: British Columbia, Canada; Vancouver Island (Vancouver is also the name of a city on the mainland. Victoria is a city on the Island of Vancouver. Locations mentioned in Weaving the Dream (Point Arena, Santa Rosa, Davis, Clear Lake, Ukiah), and on Clear Lake map Lolsel, 7 South America (countries: Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile; regions: Amazon, Andes) Mexico/Guatemala (Mexica/Aztec region; Maya region; Chiapas; Guatemala) 8 ...
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