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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

RELG 3300 - Native American Religions

Hours: 4
This course is a survey of the recorded world views, spiritual beliefs and practices of Native American Indians. Students should be aware that Native Americans are deeply concerned that many of their ceremonies and traditions have been shamelessly exploited and distorted by non-natives, and that the course has been designed to be as sensitive and respectful as possible to these issues. Topics covered during the term include the catastrophic results of European entry into the Americas, ancient Indian civilizations, the ways various Native American cultures understand the world around them, beliefs about the Creator and other spiritual beings, beliefs about life after death The course concludes with intentionally general descriptions of Native American ceremonies and myths with examples drawn from specific cultures. In the belief that Native American voices are crucial to a course like this one, roughly half of the term is devoted to films in which Native Americans share what they can about their cultures and beliefs. Most of these films are produced by Native Americans. In addition, there are Native American guest speakers in the class.