Sacred Journey into Religious Communities
Integrated Seminar 101
Study Guide for the First Exam
(tentative, corresponding to what we are able to cover during class sessions)
The specific study guide questions for the First Exam are based upon the materials covered during class presentations and in the following readings: Eye Juggling, with required readings including Frey's Stories That Make the World pp. 5-37 (Introduction, "Four Smokes" and "Couple Befriended by the Moon"), pp. 39-45, 52-61 and 63-75, (Text: Themes, Motifs, "Coyote and Swallowing Monster" and "Coyote and the Rock"), pp. 141-158 and 162-167 (Texture and "Coyote and the Green Spot"), pp. 169-177 and 179-182 (Context and "Elk and the Young Man"), pp. 214-216, along with Rites of Passage and Spiritual Values of Indigenous Peoples. Also consider any supplemental videos and readings.
Define a "symbol," "value," and "story text," offering your own examples for each.
Be able to apply the "eye juggling" method of interpretation to a specific "religious text."
What are the differences between literal, metaphoric, and anagogic ways of knowing, offering your own examples?
What are the advantages, as well as limitations of the "eye juggling method"?
Coeur d'Alene and Crow
Who are the First Peoples/Animal Peoples and what did they do, and continue to do? What "gifts" did they provide?
Identify and discuss the key spiritual values of the Indigenous Peoples of North America?
What are the spiritual goals in life?
What are the means of obtaining those spiritual goals?
What are the key components and functions of a rite of passage?
Discuss from an indigenous point of view the efficacy of "medicine" - Suumesh (Coeur d'Alene), Baaxpee (Crow). How is it understood to work? Consider the parallels with the act of storytelling, the power of "words," and the notion, "stories make the world." Also consider the example of Billy Yellow and the Navajo Blessing Way Ceremony.
How did Burnt Face and an Indian Name help chart a healing journey?
Compare similarities and differences between Primal-Indigenous Religion, as exemplified by the Schitsu'umsh (Coeur d'Alene) and Apsaalooke (Crow), and your own spiritual or philosophical tradition.
Why start our year-long journey into the world's religions with Primal-Indigenous Religion?
From the a Coeur d'Alene and Crow, or any other Indigenous perspective, how would you respond to the question, "why do bad things sometimes happen to good people?"
What were some of the important lessons you learned from the talk given by Josiah BlackEagle Pinkham?
Key Coeur d'Alene and Crow Indian Terms and Concepts:
Schitsu'umsh (Coeur d'Alene - "the ones that were found here") - Apsaalooke (Crow - "children of the large beaked bird")
The Creator - Amotqn (Coeur d'Alene - "one who sits on top of the mountain") - Akbaatatdia (Crow - "the one who has made everything")
Soul - Inua ("soul") and the Story of Sedna (Inuit - "its owner")
First Peoples - Animal Peoples
Smiyiw and Chillwidst (Coeur d'Alene - "Coyote" and "Salmon")
Teachings - Mi-yep (Coeur d'Alene - "teachings from all things")
Ashammaleaxia (Crow - "as driftwood lodges")
Unshat-qn (Coeur d'Alene - "equality") and Pute-nts (Coeur d'Alene - "respect")
Tek'e (Nez Perce - "to give and share [food] with others") and Ammaakee (Crow)- Ethic of Sharing
Medicine - Suumesh (Coeur d'Alene), Baaxpee (Crow) and the concept of medicine
Dasshussua (Crow - "breaking with the mouth") and diiawakaawik (Crow - "see you later")
Vision Quest, Sweat Lodge, and Sundance - Ashkisshe (Crow - "imitation lodge") - See Sundance Images
Baaeechichiwaau (Crow - "re-telling one's own") act of storytelling
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