Folklore | NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNICATION AND PERFORMANCE
F352 | 2424 | Bauman
Meets with CMCL C430. This course is organized as a survey of
communicative patterns in Native American cultures and their realization in
performance. The performance forms we will consider include oral
performances (e.g., narrative, oratory), ceremonial performances (e.g.,
feast-day celebrations, powwow), and media performances (e.g., radio, film).
We will also explore the use of performance forms as symbolic resources in
literature and film. Readings will be supplemented throughout the course by
Bright, William, ed. 1993. A Coyote Reader. Berkeley and Los
Angeles: University of California Press.
Evers, Larry and Barre Toelken, eds. 1998. Native American Oral
Traditions: Collaboration and Interpretation. Special issue of Oral
Swann, Brian, ed. 1994. Coming to Light: Contemporary Translations
of the Native Literatures of North America. New York: Vintage Books.
Course packet available at the IU Bookstore and TIS.
Written Work: Midterm examination; final examination; two 5-page papers:
Fulfills a COAS Arts and Humanities, Traditions and Ideas distribution
requirement and is on List A of the COAS Culture Studies requirement.