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 Course Title:   Native American Song & Dance

 Title Abbreviation:   NATIVE AMER SONG & DANCE

 Department:    ETHNC

 Course #:    210

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    050202

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

Survey of Native American songs/dances/attire/instruments of North America, past and present. Emphasis will be on the social and cultural significance of music, dance, and attire of various groups from the major regions of North American that make up the ""Native American"".

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU X
WSU X
WWU X

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize regional styles of dancing and singing as to type and appropriate use.
  2. Appreciate the various cultural significances of music and dance to the Native American groups.
  3. Develop an understanding of the importance of the retention of cultural expression in music/dance to the maintenance if cultural identity.
  4. Dispel stereotypes and misconceptions concerning Native music and cultural expression through dance.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.

Course Contents

  1. Instruments, pre-Columbian and post contact;
  2. The effects of dance and music on social and cultural retention;
  3. Music as an expression of cultural change (including protest and veterans?? songs)
  4. The effect o diffusion on music and dance
  5. Regional differences and reasons for these
  6. Chang of style (seriation)
  7. Social/societal (i.e., warrior societies), religions and styles of dance and music
  8. Cultural sensitivity to the music and dance experience, including pow wow etiquette