ANTH 238 Native Peoples of North America

This course examines the wide variety of Native American Indian cultures which existed with stress upon their character immediately prior to white contact. An attempt is made to see each culture as a complete and distinct whole. Native American origins and the conditions and way of life at the present are discussed.

Credits

3 Credits

ANTH 238Native Peoples of North America

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I. General Information

Department

Social Science

II. Course Specification

Course Type

Program Requirement

Credit Hours Narrative

3 Credits

Semester Contact Hours Lecture

48

Grading Method

Letter grade

Repeatable

N

III. Catalog Course Description

This course examines the wide variety of Native American Indian cultures which existed with stress upon their character immediately prior to white contact. An attempt is made to see each culture as a complete and distinct whole. Native American origins and the conditions and way of life at the present are discussed.

IV. Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

Differentiate the major distinctions between the three basic time periods in ancient North America (PaleoIndian, Archaic, Historic). Identify the nine cultural regions defined for ancient North America (Arctic, Sub-Arctic, Northwest Coast, California, Plateau, Great Basin, Great Plains, Great Lakes, Northeast Woodlands, Southeast Woodlands) and provide an example of at least one Native American group from each area. Classify the four basic types of political systems found in ancient North America (bands, tribes, chiefdoms, states) and give examples of cultural areas where each of the four types was found in ancient North America. Classify the four basic types of subsistence systems (foraging, subsistence farming, pastoralism, intensive agriculture) found in Ancient North America and give an example of one group representing each system. Summarize the evolution of hunting technology used by most Native American peoples. Differentiate patrilineal from matrilineal kinship systems and give an example of one group that used each of these systems. Contrast the three basic types of exchange systems used in Ancient North America (generalized reciprocity, balanced reciprocity, negative reciprocity). Define each of several key terms used to describe religious practices found in ancient North America (shaman, ancestral spirits, animism, animatism, vision quest, cults) Identify the key distinctions between ancient Native American foragers and Native American subsistence farmers.

V. Topical Outline (Course Content)

European Invasion and Conquest Native Peoples of the Arctic Native Peoples of the Subarctic Native Peoples of the Plateau Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast Native Peoples of the Great Basin Native Peoples of California Native Peoples of the Southwest Native Peoples of the Plains Native Peoples of the Northeast Native Peoples of the Southeast Contemporary Issues

VI. Delivery Methodologies

Required Assignments

Video summary and reaction: "Ishi in Two Worlds" Video summary and reaction: "Inuit Odyssey" Video summary and reaction: "Crooked Beak of Heaven" Video summary and reaction: "Mystery of the Red Paint People" Participate in lab exercise: making dogbane cordage Participate in lab exercise: making a catlinite tear-drop pendant Participate in lab exercise: make a stone arrowpoint Participate in lab exercise: make a split-twig figure Participate in lab exercise: make a leather pouch Complete comparison chart distinguishing 4 major subsistence types. Complete comparison chart distinguishing 4 major political system types.

Required Exams

Four lab exercise summaries, minimum of half page Three video reactions, minimum of half page Final exam

Required Text

Sutton, Mark Q., An Introduction to Native North America, 4th Ed. Pearson.

Specific Course Activity Assignment or Assessment Requirements

Video summary and reaction: "Ishi in Two Worlds" Video summary and reaction: "Inuit Odyssey" Video summary and reaction: "Crooked Beak of Heaven" Video summary and reaction: "Mystery of the Red Paint People" Participate in lab exercise: making dogbane cordage Participate in lab exercise: making a catlinite tear-drop pendant Participate in lab exercise: make a stone arrowpoint Participate in lab exercise: make a split-twig figure Participate in lab exercise: make a leather pouch Complete comparison chart distinguishing 4 major subsistence types. Complete comparison chart distinguishing 4 major political system types. Four lab exercise summaries, minimum of half page Three video reactions, minimum of half page Final exam