Explores the historical and cultural roots of powwow. Discusses the ways this indigenous Native art form has adapted since prehistoric times.
Native dance and drum styles, events associated with powwows, types of powwows and what is involved to put on a contemporary powwow in a metropolitan setting, such as Seattle.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Instruction will come from lecture and class discussions, assigned readings, video, and involvement with/observation of UW First Nations Powwow committee as they prepare for their annual spring powwow.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly reading assignments, involvement with/observation of powwow committee and a final paper.
Classroom participation, multiple choice/short answer quizzes (~5) and 2 exams, plus a final paper.