This course provides a particular methodological approach to understanding cross-cultural difference as applied to American Indian and Indigenous peoples. We will develop this methodology with a critical understanding of worldview as a means to comprehend four underlying logics of culture: land, time, relationships to life and a methodological lens for understanding that life. These logics provide a grounding for developing a cogent understanding of American Indian and Indigenous cultures on their own terms . From this place of understanding we will then show how these logics play out in Indigenous ideologies, institutions and everyday actions.
The colonization of the Americas, and indeed of the rest of the world, perpetuated a lie that eurowestern culture provides a universal framework of knowledge that can effectively comprehend the totality of existence. This lie has worked to erase the reality of Indigenous peoples throughout the colonial process. To authentically come to any type of understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures, a different theoretical and methodological framework of knowledge must be learned develop the ability to see cultures that are oriented around fundamentally different logics orienting ourselves to the world. This course will engage that process and apply this different framework of knowledge to American Indian peoples, primarily the Anishinaabeg of chi gumeeng (the upper Great Lakes). Through classroom discussions of theoretical, practical and narrative works by Anishinaabeg authors, the students will be able to develop the skill of understanding deep cultural difference.
By the end of the semester, the students will be able to:
1. Identify four primary logics associated with worldview and apply those frameworks to culture
2. Analyze the distinct roles of worldview, ideology, institutions, and every action in a theory of culture
3. Evaluate the efficacy of a decolonial practice associated with an Indigenous community.
|Jun 12, 2021||Sat||Week 1||due by 05:59AM|
|Jun 16, 2021||Wed||Worldview: Land and Time||due by 05:59AM|
|Jun 18, 2021||Fri||Week Two Discussion Option||due by 05:59AM|
|Jun 20, 2021||Sun||Week 2 Discussion Option||due by 05:59AM|
|Jun 23, 2021||Wed||Worldview: Life and Balance||due by 05:59AM|
|Jun 26, 2021||Sat||Week 3 Discussion Option||due by 05:59AM|
|Jun 28, 2021||Mon||Worldview Essay||due by 05:59AM|
|Jun 30, 2021||Wed||Anishinaabe-gikendaasowin||due by 05:59AM|
|Jul 07, 2021||Wed||Colonization and Decolonization in an Anishinaabe context||due by 05:59AM|
|Jul 14, 2021||Wed||Narrative||due by 05:59AM|