Anthropology | Navajo Lang & Culture - 2nd eight weeks
L518 | 27736 | Thomas

Meets 2nd eight weeks only

This is an introductory course to Navajo language and culture.  The
integral dimension of Navajo culture will be explored through such
topics as Navajo history, kinship, ritual life, gender, beliefs,
literature and boarding schools, among others.  The basic Navajo
writing, reading and conversation will be taught.  The fluency of the
Professor's Navajo language will be assisted by texts, videos and
other media, to ensure that multiple approaches are utilized in
understanding and learning the basic Navajo language.  In addition,
the course will provide a case study to review major issues in the
field of language, and in Western and Navajo cultures.  Be mindful
that this is not a linguistic class.

A bi-weekly language quiz will be scheduled and two cultural exams
(mid-term and final).  In addition, each student will do a project
about Navajo culture which will be accompanied by a 10-page research
paper (20 for graduate students).

Three culturally-related texts and one language text will be
used in the classroom.  Young & Morgan's Navajo Language Dictionary
(University of New Mexico Press) will be an option.

Prerequisite:  Any of the following ANTH E200, L200, L320 or
instructor's permission.