AIS 340 A: Indian Children And Families

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 1:50pm - 4:00pm
SWS 036
Dian Million

Syllabus Description:



A Canoe Family

"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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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)
Last updated: 
June 17, 2017 - 9:00pm