Assignment for May 2

Tuesday, May 2 – PAPER DUE

Write a 3,000-word essay (5,000 words for graduate credit) documenting the process and outcome of your research project.  Connect your insights to the assigned readings and to your colleagues’ presentations wherever possible.  Support your narrative/argument with citations and bibliography in an appropriate style.  Give your polished paper an original and fitting title.

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Assignments for April 25, 27

Tuesday, April 25 – PRESENTATIONS

Prepare an oral presentation summarizing your research findings.  Focus on those aspects of the project most relevant to your colleagues in the course.  Practice your extemporaneous comments beforehand until they run about ten minutes in length.  Supplement your talk with a one-sheet handout (5 copies) bearing your name and project title.

Thursday, April 27 – NO CLASS MEETING

Continue work on your research project.

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Assignments for April 18, 20

Tuesday, April 18 –

Review Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to discuss how this book helped you understand indigenous traditions.

Thursday, April 20 – REPORT DUE

Write a 500-word essay recounting the progress of your research project since submitting the proposal.  Speculate on the organization of your final paper, being as specific as possible.  Append an annotated bibliography of sources you have consulted, cited in an appropriate bibliographic style.  Give your polished report an original and fitting title.

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Assignments for April 11, 13

Tuesday, April 11 –

Read pages 172-178, 224-244 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

McCarthy, “Assaulting California’s sacred mountains”

Sjoberg, “Rethinking indigenous religious traditions”

Thursday, April 13 –

Read pages 256-271, 314-324 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Yengoyan, “Mandaya myth, memory, and the heroic religious tradition”

MacDonald, “Thinking and teaching with the indigenous traditions of Melanesia”

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Assignments for April 4, 6

Tuesday, April 4 –

Read pages 118-138 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

López Austin, “Guidelines for the study of Mesoamerican religious traditions”

Carrasco, “Jaguar Christians in the contact zone”

Thursday, April 6 –

Read pages 139-163 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Jocks, “Modernity, resistance, and the Iroquois Longhouse people”

Lincoln, “‘He, not they, best protected the village’”

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Assignments for March 28, 30

Tuesday, March 28 –

Read pages 37-88 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Geertz, “Can we move beyond primitivism?”

Chidester, “‘Classify and conquer'”

Thursday, March 30 –

Read pages 89-98, 111-117 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Long, “A postcolonial meaning of religion”

Mohawk, “Tribal religious traditions are constantly devalued in Western discourse on religion”

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Assignments for March 14, 16

Tuesday, March 14 –

Review Native American Spirituality; come prepared to discuss how this book helped you understand indigenous traditions.

oluponaPreview Beyond Primitivism (cover, front matter, back matter); come prepared to discuss your initial impressions of the book.

Read pages 1-19 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Olupona, “Introduction”

Thursday, March 16 – PROPOSAL DUE

Write a 500-word essay detailing the focus, methodology, and significance of your project.  Illustrate your exposition with specific references to the assigned readings and to your research sources.  Append a preliminary bibliography of relevant books, articles, and websites, cited in an appropriate bibliographic style.  Give your polished proposal an original and fitting title.

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Assignments for March 7, 9

Tuesday, March 7 –

Read pages 157-192, 205-255 of Native American Spirituality; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Haly, “Nahuas and National Culture”

Churchill, “Purity and Pollution”

Kracht, “Kiowa Religion in Historical Perspective”

Thursday, March 9 –

Read pages 256-269, 295-316 of Native American Spirituality; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Buckley, “The Shaker Church and the Indian Way in Native Northwestern California”

Irwin, “Freedom, Law, and Prophecy”

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Assignments for February 28, March 2

Tuesday, February 28 –

Read pages 61-120 of Native American Spirituality; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Jocks, “Spirituality for Sale”

Grimes, “This May Be a Feud, but It Is Not a War”

Ridington, “Voice, Representation, and Dialogue”

Thursday, March 2 –

Read pages 121-156 of Native American Spirituality; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Pflug, “Pimadaziwin: Contemporary Rituals in Odawa Community”

Smith, “The Church of the Immaculate Conception”

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Assignments for February 21, 23

Tuesday, February 21 –

Review Teachings from the American Earth; come prepared to discuss how this book helped you understand indigenous traditions.

irwinPreview Native American Spirituality (cover, front matter, back matter); come prepared to discuss your initial impressions of the book.

Read pages 1-8 of Native American Spirituality; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Irwin, “Native American Spirituality: An Introduction”

Thursday, February 23 –

Read pages 11-60 of Native American Spirituality; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Hernández-Ávila, “Mediations of the Spirit”

Grim, “Cultural Identity, Authenticity, and Community Survival”

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