May 29, 2023
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.
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.
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Fall Locations: Ellensburg Winter Locations: Ellensburg Spring Locations: Ellensburg Summer Locations: Ellensburg, Online
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