Folklore | Indigenous Religions
F640 | 26744 | Shorter

This course deals with the study of indigenous religiosity and will
cover problems of comparative religious analysis. We will focus on
native peoples' lifeways as they are expressed through art,
architecture, literature, music, mythology, ritual, health practices,
and ecology.  Readings and class discussions will draw upon examples
from Mesoamerica, northern Mexico, and the southwestern, northwestern
and plains regions of the United States.  In each case, students will
be asked to consider issues of colonialism, "tradition," religious
change, and representations of otherness.  At semester's end,
students will be expected to produce annotated bibliographies, paying
particular attention to the pedagogical contributions of contemporary
scholarship on indigenous religions.