Fourth and Final Exam Study Guide Questions - ANTH 329 North American Indians

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Focus on sections 10, 11 and 12 (and possibly 13) in our Schedule, dealing with the Tlingit and Kwakiutl of the Northwest Coast, Hopi and Pueblo of the Southwest, and Din (Navajo) and Apache of the Southwest (and possibly the Iroquois).  Consult the Schedule for reading assignments, PDF handouts, lecture points, web links, and supplemental materials.  The strongest graded essays will be those that are able to integrate examples and references from the lecture materials with textbook readings, and present them in a poignant, insightful manner.

What are the major traditional cultural characteristics which distinguish these tribal traditions?   Rephrased, for each of these traditions, what underlying principles or worldview themes set each apart from the other traditions?   And what accounts for each traditions unique orientation?

Among the broad cultural expressions, consider, where appropriate and applicable, the following key elements when comparing societies: 1. oral traditions, 2. religious concepts and ceremonialism (including access and application of sacred power, and primary ceremonies), 3. aesthetic styles and expressions, 4. kinship and social organization, 5. subsistence patterns, 6. implications for culture change, and 7. world view.


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