American Ethnic Studies

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NATA 101: American Indian: Past And Present

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Survey of American Indian tribes, their cultural diversity, history and current conditions. Focuses on the impact that Native American peoples have had and still have on the history and cultural development of the United States. Emphasis is on the dynamic and changing roles that diverse Native American peoples have played throughout United States history. Changing attitudes and policies of Native American people and Euro-Americans are also covered.

NATA 102: The Native American In 20th Century Society

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

An overview of the modern history and culture of the Native Americans. The course explores, in detail, the impact of changing political, social, and economic trends on Native Americans in this country. The dynamic interaction between the dominant Euroamerican cultural patterns and the various Native American cultural patterns explored. Attempts by the dominant culture to destroy and/or modify Native American cultures is a major focus of the course. Of equal importance are the responses by the Native Americans to the attacks against them and their culture.

NATA 103: Native American Cultural Heritage

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Survey of American Indian cultures - their arts, rituals, religion, philosophy, material culture, social organization, educational systems and adaptation to European culture.

NATA 104: California Indians

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Native peoples of California: their origin, language, arts, customs, religion and music.

NATA 105: California Tribes: The Chumash

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

One-semester survey designed to familiarize the student with Chumash Indian culture, historical experience, and sovereignty issues as they compare with other California tribes. Focuses on the experience and contributions of the Chumash over the past 300 years. Historical changes in artistic, cosmological and political perspectives throughout history, and the tribal culture, rights and political orientation of the modern Chumash peoples examined.

NATA 112: Native American Visual And Musical Art

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Overview of Native American visual, oral and musical arts; their cultural roots and philosophical traditions also covered.

NATA 113: The Indian In Literature: Fact And Fiction

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Major Native American cultures from Pre-Columbian times to present, as treated in both non-fictional and fictional literature. Mayan, Aztec-Toltec, Southwestern tribes, Iroquois, the Five Civilized Tribes, Plains Indians and Eskimo cultures examined.

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