North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Anthropology
Native People of North America ANTH-225
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Textbook: This Land Was Theirs. Wendell H. Oswalt. 9th ed. Oxford University Press. N.Y. 2006.
You will demonstrate that you have achieved these skills through exams, class participation, and discussions.
Exams will test your comprehension of the readings, lectures, and videos. If you are absent, you are responsible for picking up the exam and returning it on time if you want the points. Exams cannot be turned in late. (385 points total).
Your Class Participation and Discussions will test your critical/creative thinking processes through your ability to reason, evaluate, and communicate on historical, cultural, environmental, and global levels your personal reflections regarding the course information. (100 points.)
Attendance/Class Participation: 100 points. Due to the nature of anthropology, its instruction requires more than formal presentation; it requires participation in discussions of concepts and a sharing of ideas. Groups will present on various sites discussed in the text. Lack of attendance will adversely affect your grade in this course!
Absences: Research informs us that attendance is important to student academic success. Your instructor expects your attendance. Therefore:
If you have more than 1 week of absences (2 classes), your grade will be impacted; you will lose 20 points for each additional absence.
If you miss 9 or more classes, you will fail this course and a grade of 'F' will be assigned.
Students arriving late for class or who leave before class is dismissed create an unnecessary disruption in the classroom and will be marked tardy. Three tardy count as one absence.
Extra-Credit: You will have the opportunity to turn in two extra-credit papers worth 20 points each.
CLASS SCHEDULE SPRING 2012
This course will begin with the Paleo-Indian or Lithic Period: Exploring theories of, "who were the first Americans and how did they get here." We will also examine the prehistoric lifeways of American Indians according to their cultural distribution; the adoption of corn by some groups, the process of social evolution for others from small hunting/gathering bands to large-scale communities of farmers, and, as with the Mississippian Culture, complex hierarchical societies.
We will then move toward understanding the historic changes that took place among these peoples as the processes of acculturation due to European intrusion impacted their lives. The ways in which Indians adapted to these changes through assimilation into American culture while retaining many traditional - although altered - traits will be explored.
Indian lifeways, religions, marriage patterns, social and political structures, economic systems, and kinship ties, etc., will be explored through the readings, lectures, and videos. Throughout the course, your instructor will address contemporary issues pertaining to American Indians, involving students in discussions of issues such as Indian land and wildlife rights, the meaning of self-determination, reservation life, gaming casinos on the reservations, and discrimination.
Introduction to the class, course expectations, reading of syllabus, etc.
Chapter 1: Questions about Native Americans
Peopling the New World: First Indians
Big Game Hunters: Clovis, Folsom
Foragers and Farmers: Adena/Hopewell, Hohokum, Anasazi, Mollogon,
Chapter 2: Indian-Non Indian Relations
Ethnocentrism, Ethnography, Cultural Relativism, Universalism,biological questions regarding alcohol consumption Video: “In Whose Honor”
Chapter 3: The Netsilik: Seal Hunting and Snowhouse Eskimos
Origin Myth, Subsistence Round
Video: “Nanook of the North”
Chapter 4: The Chipewyan: Subarctic Hunters
Descent systems (patrilineal, etc.) Residence patterns.
Chapter 5: The Lower Kootenai: Plateau Fishers and Hunters
Termination/Reorganization Acts, Sororate, Mother-In-Law Avoidance, Leadership.
Chapter 7: The Crow: Plains Raiders and Bison Hunters
Video: “Bones of Contention”
Chapter 8: The Cahuilla: Gatheres in the Desert
Chapter 9: The Tlingit: Alaskan Salmon Fishers
Video: "Box of Daylight"
Chapter 10: The Hopi: Farmers of the Desert
Video: "Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World"
Chapter 11: The Navajo: Transformations Among a Desert People
Video: Seasons of the Navajo
Chapter 12: The Iroquois: Warriors and Farmers of the Eastern Woodlands
Video: "Black Robe"
Chapter 13: The Eastern Cherokee
Video: “Angie Debo”
Chapter 15: Overviews
5/10: FINAL 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Caveat: "The above schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances."
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