Class will be offered for 8 Fridays at 10:30 to 12:30 via Zoom through the Communiversity at Providence Point starting January 7th.
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The Native American Experience:
Looking Through Indigenous Eyes
This class is a revised and enhanced iteration of the previously offered course. American Indians have not "vanished," as it is often surmised. In fact, it is quite the contrary: Native Americans are thriving and contributing to the rich tapestry of the American culture. After first looking at the Indigenous Worldview and learning how we each personally relate to it, this class will then explore several topics that are fundamental to Native people and their way of life, using the Indigenous Worldview to compare and contrast them to that of the mainstream, which is often completely opposite to the Indian Perspective. We will examine the topics listed below:
Worldview in Indian Country
The Circularity of Life
The Land Is Sacred
The Native Community
Federal Indian Policy
"The Sanctity of Land"
The Land viewed by the Euro-American is seen as an object, a commodity to be owned, and viewed as an investment for profit; it is there to develop and commercialize for financial gain. To Indigenous People, Land is Sacred, Holy. There is a strong interdependent relational bond between Land and People. Land is Mother Earth. We came to be from within the womb of Mother Earth. [She] is home for all living beings: human people, animal people, plant people, everything in the universe. Therefore, Mother Earth, as an interdependent sustainer of life, is not to be stripped, taken apart, or desecrated nor should boundaries of property be placed upon her. To understand us ... one must first understand our spiritual relationship, our connection with the Land, with Mother Earth. If non-Natives can understand our Spiritual Relationship with the Land ... then one can better understand our people, our culture, and our traditional beliefs (Waters, 2004, p. 134).
Starkey: The Native American Experience
Week Essential Questions