Special Topics in Native American Studies
In Fall of 2013, NAS 30, at 10A, Native and Western Views of Nature and Change. This course undertakes a critical examination of the idea of nature within Western, i.e., Western European Civilization, and native or indigenous tribal People's world views. The idea of nature figures so prominently in Western thought it can hardly be taken for granted. However, to a large extent, the idea of nature is seldom critically examined; indeed, many indigenous North American languages do not even have a word for nature as a distinct category of reality. Using a comparative approach, this course will explore the substantial and practical implications that result from commitment to various conceptions of nature. In the process of this comparison, we will explore a reconstruction of various indigenous ideas of nature. Dist. TMV; WCult: NW. Wildcat.
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