American Indian Philosophy Class Notes Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 Coming to know ? active learning; active participation in new knowledge acquisition First nation people should have the right to make connection 1975 ? first time Native?s allowed to practice religion Bring which ever book we are currently reading to class Thursday, September 9th, 2009 Image Time History ? time and space Creation ? Al, jc, -> problems Problem with the time table ? not inclusive 2009 means time started when Christ was born Many people lived before Christ, does not include many nations Image Have a noble and innobel image (stereotype) Both are equally as harmful Native people stuck in a time period ?get off horse, get on Porsche? Coming to know ? actively acquiring Knows smell of everglades, where alligators are mating, etc. because he learned it People sometimes use culturefor their personal gain ? wrong Reciprocity ? giving something to get something back Protocol ? have to follow instructions Self gain The Indian of the American imagination is made over and over again by people who think they know , for their own self gain Mainstream American has been victimized by the Media Created an impossible Indian, with parts from tribes all over North America ? no native would have worn leggings, moccasins, etc all in one outfit The way of being connected Indians were suppose to disappear, so the media began to create images Be careful not to slip with imagery 1978: freedom of religion 1990: Peyote finally allowed to have their own church You should know, respect, etc. about yourself so you can understand others You need a protocol to acquire and share knowledge Time: temporal and spatial When talking about time with native nations ? it doesn?t matter when, it matters what THE EVENT By adding time, you take away from the importance Linear Christian time destroys Native Americans Manifest Destiny ? god give order to go to left to right If you are going to ask for something, must be for the collective good ? no personal relationship with god Spatial problem with history ? doesn?t include many countries or spaces Spatial problem of history not inclusive enough Also it is too Christian heavy Hierarchal, linear, man-centric Concept of guilt unheard of ? same with shame, these are learned behaviors Multiple truth ? different answers of same question Wealth ? defined by how many connections you had Mostly women are elders and choose leader In South West, men cannot own property Dakota word ? Wakan ? is someplace very powerful Sacred location cannot be relocated New sacred locations may be forced by important event Can?t describe beauty ? must describe connection Land gives us a name, it dictates how we act Vital to understand ? sin and imperfection Illness ? lack of balance, connection protocol
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