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AIS Summer Course: Tribal Canoe Journey Field Study

Submitted by Caterina Rost on May 2, 2016 - 10:17am
This great b-term summer course is open to all!

AIS is offering an exciting summer learning opportunity: a Tribal Canoe Journey field course. Anyone can take a UW Summer Quarter course: UW students, visiting students from other colleges, high school students, and those who are not currently enrolled in any school. Tuition and fees apply. The UW Access program allows Washington state residents ages 60 and older to audit courses on a space-available basis for the registration fee of $5.

Summer Session B-term Class meets M T W Th 10:20 AM - 12:30 PM July 21, 22, 25, and 26th to prepare to serve, and learn at the Annual Tribal Canoe Journey July 29-August 6th, hosted this year by the Nisqually Tribe. The class will camp with the canoe families traveling to the Nisqually reservation. The class will meet one final time on campus after returning to reflect on the learning experience.

Course Description
Students participate in activities associated with the hosting of the Annual Tribal Canoe Journey at Nisqually. Camping facilities and most meals are provided by the host.  Learning is focused on the ecology of the Salish Sea, Coast Salish culture, the many and continuing impacts of settlement to the ecosystems and culture, and the Annual Tribal Canoe Journey.  This event has grown from a few canoes to over a hundred, and thousands of people participating annually. Tribal Canoe Journey is creating cultural renewal across the region.

The course will begin on campus and provide an interdisciplinary academic framework based on praxis, preparing ourselves to use theory, practice, and reflection as a learning method, before we organize ourselves to travel and camp at the event. Once there, our day will be centered in daily service, and building a learning community informed by the Ten Rules of the Canoe. Our learning methods are experiential and service-based, and dependent on personal and group reflection. Gifting is an integral part of the event;  we will prepare in advance to give gifts to our hosts.

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