Course Description and Learning Objectives
This course provides an introduction to––and practical experience with––tribal libraries, archives and museums, with a special emphasis on Indigenous Knowledge and the tribal cultural institutions of the western Great Lakes region. It is designed to facilitate a participatory learning experience through presentations, readings, semester-long service-learning projects, and personal contact with tribal cultural workers. The course is structured around a combination of classroom discussions, guest speakers, travel to American Indian communities, and attendance at events relevant to course topics.
Upon completion, you will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous Knowledge;
- recognize the linguistic, legal, cultural, political, and economic issues influencing tribal cultural institutions;
- appreciate the contributions of American Indian tribal cultural institutions;
- articulate the best practices for developing mutually-beneficial partnerships with Indigenous communities;
- conduct group projects and partner with tribal cultural institutions effectively;
- appreciate the role of culture in the Library and Information Studies professions;
- feel increased confidence in working with American Indian communities.
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