Merican Indian: Social and cultural change

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Introduction of the course:
This course is American Indian Studies. In this course we study comparative social and cultural change found in Native American societies as responses to Western economic and political competition, and cultural exchange. Since there are several hundred Native American societies, it is possible to review only a few within the scope of the present course. Some readings, however, provide an overview comparative analysis of one or more cultural regions. The course is divided into three sections. The first section provides a general sketch of native North American cultural orientations and develops comparisons between Native American and Western world views. In addition, the first section presents a comparative approach to studying institutional order and applies it to comparison of several Indian societies and with U. S. society. The second section presents an historical overview of political, economic, and cultural impacts of colonial or Western societies on Native American societies. The third, and final, section explores the different cultural, political and institutional ways in which Native American societies tried to cope with Western impacts. The lectures and readings provide information and venture explanations for different types of institutional and cultural responses by Native Americans to Western competition. Some responses are: revitalization movements, state formation, cultural traditionalism, political fragmentation, formation of collective social movements, and others.

Required readings for the paper:
Required Texts
1. Champagne, Duane Social Order and Political Change: Constitutional Governments Among the Cherokee, The Choctaw, the Chickasaw and the Creek (Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Books on Demand, original 1992).
2. Champagne, Duane Social Change and Cultural Continuity Among Native Nations (Lanham, MD: AltaMiraPress, 2007).
3. Demus, Elm and Harvey Atone and translators The Oneida Creation Story (Omaha, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2000)

The required reading for this paper:
I. Culture, Institutional Order, and World View
1. Champagne, Social Change pp. 9-24.
2. Demus, Creation Story, pp. vii-27.
3. Demus, Creation Story, pp. 28-96.
4. Champagne, Social Order, Chapters 1 & 2. April 14 1. Champagne, Social Change, pp. 25-44.
5. Champagne, Social Change, pp. 252-284.
6. Champagne, Social Change, pp. 66-106

For the reading: Champagne, Duane Social Change and Cultural Continuity Among Native Nations
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