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EGS 156 - Northwest Native Peoples

5 Credits
Introduces an interdisciplinary survey of the traditions and cultures of Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska native peoples. Study of the Northwest and Alaska native peoples’ history, literature, economic pursuits, music, film and indigenous languages. Particular emphasis on the Northwest and Alaska native peoples’ historical static relationships with local, city, county, state and federal governments as well as with other Northwest tribes.

Course Note Previously CGG 156 and DGS 156

Quarters Typically Offered

Designed to Serve All students.  Meets diversity and globalism degree requirement.
Active Date 20170530T16:33:20

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline

  1. Historical and geographic differences of NW and Alaska Native peoples at the time of discovery by European peoples and a look at how the past has influenced and changed the Native peoples’ land and culture today.
  2. Historical accounts and stories that have affected Native American and non-Native views on the discovery of the NW coast and Alaska.
  3. Identity of NW Indians and Alaska Natives and relationship to the land and sea. A look at contemporary NW and Alaska Native individuals who have influenced change and assisted tribal and Alaska Natives entities challenge non-tribal encroachment on their lands.
  4. Northwest Indian and Alaska Native country today and how acculturation, assimilation, education, economic development, cultural resistance, and change in the 21st century have influenced change in tribal entities.
  5. The reincarnation of NW and Alaska languages and traditions to instill the continuous Native identity and the sacred relationship to the land and sea.
  6. Contemporary political, economic and cultural issues facing the NW coast Indians and Alaska Natives.

Student Learning Outcomes
Analyze, contrast, and synthesize the diverse values and experiences of Northwest and Alaska Native Peoples in the U.S..

Apply the critical thinking skills developed in the course to their own experience.

Identify and employ critical stances and modes of inquiry.

Participate in public discourse about culture, gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and other socially defined sources of identity with self-conviction and respect for others.

Recognize the formation and emergence of the cultural and political identities of Northwest and Alaska Native Peoples.

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