American Indian Ethnology

| Anthropology (ANT 4312-U01) |

Offered by Dennis Wiedman, Ph.D. Associate Professor
| Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies | Director of the FIU Global Indigenous Forum |

Course Overview

This course examines the socio-cultural patterns of selected American Indian groups from pre-history to the present with an emphasis on political, economic, artistic, and spiritual life. As an overview of Indigenous peoples of North America it emphasizes contemporary issues compared with Indigenous peoples of the world. Special attention is given to Indigenous methodologies and anthropological theories to understand the past as well as contemporary life.

Course Objectives

On completion of this course the student should:

  1. Recognize the similarities and differences among North American tribal groups.
  2. Respect the historical and contemporary importance of tribal sovereignty, kinship relations, oral traditions, spirituality, language, and arts of Native Americans today.
  3. Appreciate the economic, health, environmental, political, and legal issues that have been and continue to influence the everyday lives of contemporary Indigenous peoples.
  4. Understand the effects of colonization, modernization, and globalization on Indigenous peoples.
  5. Value the methods and theories of comparative sociocultural analysis for Indigenous Studies.