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Indigenous Ecologies - Spring 08 (Treat)

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Indigenous Ecologies - Spring 08


James Treat
University of Illinois


Religious Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Geography, American Indian Studies

Subject(s) Religion and Ecology

This interdisciplinary seminar explores the relationship between human experience and natural environment in native North America. Assigned readings survey historical and contemporary case studies in New World ethnoecology, including noteworthy examples of adaptation in the context of settler colonialism and in response to the dominant paradigm of scientific ecology. Class discussions are supplemented by audiovisual materials, guest speakers, and campus events related to the course. Students have the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of ecological traditions among American Indians; to conduct a research project focusing on a particular theme, issue, region, or community; and to develop their critical skills for use in academic, professional, and personal settings.


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