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American Indian Studies Summer Courses

Submitted by Caterina Rost on June 16, 2015 - 11:14am

There is plenty of space available in two wonderful summer courses, both of which promise to be great courses for the summer--we've got field trips, storytelling, art-making, films, and more!

AIS 475: Human/Nature: Coast Salish Perspectives on Being Human in Nature based in Story, Art and the Environment
Instructors Roger Fernandes MS & Cynthia Updegrave MS

A-term, MTWTh 3:00 - 5:00
5 credits I&S
SLN 10052

How are we preparing the world for the people to come with our current relationship with the natural world?

At their heart, Coast Salish Transformer stories teach about preparing the world for the people to come. What can these mythic stories teach us about being human in the context of the natural world?  The stories ask us to compare and contrast world views of humans living within nature and those that consider humans outside of nature. Can we define our own connection with the natural world through our modern stories? Is it consistent with the teachings of the indigenous people's myths and if not, how do we explain the differences?

The Waterlines Project Map will provide a visualization of the natural world as it existed at the time of the treaties. Storytelling is central to this learning experience. In class we will focus on stories such as the Epic of North Wind’s Fishing Weir; Moon the Transformer; Tootsaleetsa is a Leader; and the Maiden of Deception Pass. Learning will be enriched with a visit to a site associated with a story. Further connections will be made through art-making; experience of traditional songs; geology, plant and ecosystem study; and community relationships.

AIS 360: American Indians in Cinema
Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Tomhave

A-term, MTWTh 10:20 - 12:30
5 credits VLPA/I&S,DIV
SLN 10050

This class will critically examine how American Indians have been presented in various media productions by both native and non-native media producers.

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