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

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Focus on sections 11, and 14 in our Schedule, dealing with the Tlingit and Kwakiutl of the Northwest Coast, and Din (Navajo) and Apache of the Southwest, and Take-Aways.  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.

Focus Questions:  Can you reflect on the nature, structure, dynamics, symbolism and implications of Din healing ceremonies and a girl's rite of passage?

What were you're most important "huckleberries" you gathered this semester?  As discussed in class, what are the desired big "take-aways"?


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