Eric A Smith
Traditional cultures of America north of Mexico, emphasizing diversity of North American Indian and Eskimo societies. Origins of Native-American culture areas and language groupings; subsistence systems; levels of social organization; European conquest and colonialism; and description of representative cultures from the ten culture areas. Recommended: ANTH 100.
This is a general survey of what anthropologists and others know about Native North American societies at roughly time of contact (or first detailed ethnographic description), which varied from place to place from 1500 to 1850. Besides discussing the evidence on Native American origins, we will examine the diversity of these societies primarily through the "culture area" approach (Arctic, Subarctic, NW Coast, Plateau, Great Basin, Plains, Northeast woodlands, Southeast, Southwest, and California). In each area, we will examine and try to understand (sometimes by cross-cultural comparison) subsistence, social organization, political structure, ritual, and world-view.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture, supplemented by slides and films.
Introduction to sociocultural anthropology.
Class assignments and grading
Fairly extensive reading assignments. Midterm and final (both in-class). Option for a take-home final.
Midterm (45%) and final (55%)