Maricopa Community Colleges  REL203   19946-19955 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 03/22/94
REL203 19946-19955 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 Period(s)
Native American Religions
Tribal traditions of the peoples native to North America, and pan-Indian religions in the twentieth century. Prerequisites: ENG101 or equivalent.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
REL203   19946-19955 Native American Religions
1. Describe both academic and popular Euroamerican views of Native Americans at the time of contact, during the development of European hegemony, and in the modern period. (I)
2. Explain the importance of stories, myths, songs, and rituals. (II)
3. Identify the significant religious personages and practitioners in Native American religious traditions. (III)
4. Compare and contrast Native American and Western concepts of time, space, and other dimensions. (III)
5. Describe how Native Americans integrate religious world views and traditions into everyday life. (IV)
6. Compare and contrast Native American views of human religious responsibility with those of Euroamericans. (IV)
7. Describe examples of twentieth-century Native American religious movement. (V)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
REL203   19946-19955 Native American Religions
    I. Euroamerican Perceptions of Native Americans
        A. Historical contacts with Euroamericans
        B. Popular and academic views of Native Americans
      II. Native American Religious Orality
          A. Stories, myths
          B. Songs
          C. Rituals
        III. Native American Cosmology
            A. Religious personages
              1. Creators
              2. Tricksters
              3. Culture heroes
            B. Religious practitioners
              1. Shamans
              2. Religious leaders
              3. Witches, sorcerers
            C. Time, space, and other dimensions
          IV. Native American Values
              A. Integration of religion and life
              B. Kinship of all life
              C. Sharing and reciprocity
              D. Power and responsibility
            V. Religious Development and Change
                A. Historical Christian and Native interactions
                B. Twentieth-century religious movements
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