May 29, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AIS 321 - American Indian Spirituality

Introduction to American Indian spirituality with emphasis on myths, rituals, and beliefs; including historical, economic, political and legal issues that influence the ways of American Indian spiritual practice; Ghost Dance, Native American Church, etc.

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of spirituality in the everyday lives and communities of among the diverse cultural traditions of contemporary American Indians
  • Identify tribal arts, music, dance, poetry, literature and architecture within the social, cultural and spiritual context of American Indian communities.
  • Delineate the economic, political and legal restrictions that have been and continue to be placed upon the practice of American Indian culture.
  • Identify and analyze the way oral tradition structures and makes spiritual belief and practice in the American Indian community.
  • Explain the role of folklore and mythology in Indian society.
  • Illustrate the differences between cyclical and linear concepts of time and its significance in Indian Culture.
  • Analyze the relationship between nature, identity and power in Indian Culture.
  • Explain and instantiate the American Indian emphasis upon ritual and the, social dimensions of spirituality.

Learner Outcomes Approval Date:

Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Fall Locations: Ellensburg Winter Locations: Ellensburg Spring Locations: Ellensburg Summer Locations: Ellensburg, Online

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