AIS 340 A: Indian Children And Families

The Health and Wealth of Native Nations

Summer Term: 
A-term
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 10:50am - 1:00pm
Location: 
PAB B109
SLN: 
10049
Instructor:
Dian Million

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"Many Indian people throughout the Americas say that a rich person is one who has many relatives. This philosophy epitomizes the Indian world: An Indigenous person always positions himself or herself in a nexus of kin relations." 

What are the relationships between American Indian, Alaska Native and Canadian First Nations  peoples, their families, their lands and their traditional economies? How were/are these holistic economies related to their cultural, physical/mental, and economic health even today? How have Native peoples perceived their own definitions of family, of community and of health? Today many of these life ways are considered models for humans sustainably living with "place," rather than just "off the land." Native individuals and families articulate and seek revitalized cultural and political nationhood in North America.

 

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"Many Indian people throughout the Americas say that a rich person is one who has many relatives. This philosophy epitomizes the Indian world: An Indigenous person always positions himself or herself in a nexus of kin relations."

What are the relationships between American Indian, Alaska Native and Canadian First Nations peoples, their families, their lands and their traditional economies? How were/are these holistic economies related to their cultural, physical/mental, and economic health even today? How have Native peoples perceived their own definitions of family, of community and of health? Today many of these life ways are considered models for humans sustainably living with "place," rather than just "off the land." Native individuals and families articulate and seek revitalized cultural and political nationhood in North America. What is the potential of such a movement? Together we explore and discuss these exciting and unique viewpoints on family, on "wealth," on health and on what it means to honor relations, relations that expand the meaning of our humanity.

Catalog Description: 
Cross-cultural survey of Indian child rearing, family structure, and related social issues. Includes historical changes in family structure, value orientation and adaptation to a bicultural environment, education, child welfare, health problems, and aging.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
December 8, 2017 - 3:22pm