Indigenous Worldviews in the Americas

AMST-A 275

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Course Description

Indigenous Worldviews in the Americas is an interdisciplinary course that examines the ways in which indigenous people throughout the Americas relate to the world: how they see it, how they understand it, how they articulate it and how they live in it.

In this class, you will analyze key aspects of indigenous worldviews in the American hemisphere, including origin stories, the conceptualization of life and death, the relationship to land, kinship systems, political organizations, language and literature, and resistance, among others. With the examination of indigenous worldviews in the Americas, you will also be encouraged to explore and draw connections between indigenous people in the hemisphere, focusing on several fundamental notions, such as identity, sovereignty, the borderlands, and environmental justice and preservation.