Sep 25, 2022  

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SSI 294W - Special Projects: The Great Lakes Indians and European Experience

Credits: 3
Examines American Indian history and culture in the Great Lakes from pre-contact to 1934. Considers and explores the approaches of studying Native Americans from a historical and sociological perspective; including the political, cultural, and social consequences of contact with Europeans. Provides a thorough historical and cultural background of the Great Lakes Indians, specifically the “People of the Three Fires,” known as the “Anishnaabeg” and “People of the Calumet” of the Great Lakes. Credit may be earned in SSI 294W or IHU 294W  but not both.

Prerequisite(s): READING LEVEL 2 or WRITING LEVEL 2.
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 45 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: Humanities, Social Science
Pass/NoCredit: Yes

Outcomes and Objectives
  1. Trace the pre-contact period of Great Lakes Indians history and culture.
    1. Explain the origins of the American Indian people
    2. Describe daily and seasonal activities and customs
    3. Examine the belief systems of specific Great Lakes Indian peoples.
    4. Compare the belief systems to Judo-Christian beliefs
    5. Explore the proto and historic contact with Europeans
    6. Explore and compare American Indian Tribes using an anthropological and Native perspective
    7. Compare and contrast geography, religion, economics, politics, language, social organization and history of semi-nomadic vs. sedentary, and horticultural vs. agricultural based societies.
  2. Examine the role and impact of the European peoples on social, political, economic, and military components of native Sovereignty.
    1. Analyze and apply the following political and social concepts as they relate to the Great Lakes Tribes.
      1. Sovereignty (including its political, economic, social and military components)
      2. Changing Spheres of geographic and political influfence
      3. Changing Balance of Power in the Great Lakes among the Tribes and European powers and their causes and impact.
    2. Examine the period of the United States and its influence on Native peoples.
    3. Evaluate the relationships between the United States government and Native peoples regarding specifically: treaties, annuities, removal, reservations, assimilation, and termination.
  3. Critically examine treaties, documents, videos, on-line resources, lectures, discussions to analyze the Tribal Sovereignty of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe as an in-depth micro-study of concepts presented.
  4. Use writing tasks to promote learning, to analyze course content and to explain course content in a coherent syle for a specific audience and purpose.

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