Assignment for May 6

turtleshellsPAPER DUE – Write a 3,000-word essay documenting the process and outcome of your research project. Connect your insights to the assigned readings and to your colleagues’ presentations wherever possible. Support your narrative/argument with citations and bibliography in an appropriate style. Give your polished paper an original and fitting title.

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Assignment for April 29, May 1

turtleshellsPRESENTATION DUE – Prepare an oral presentation summarizing your research findings. Focus on those aspects of the project most relevant to your colleagues in the course. Practice your extemporaneous comments beforehand until they run about ten minutes in length. Supplement your talk with a one-sheet handout (8 copies) bearing your name and project title.

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Assignment for April 24

turtleshellsREPORT DUE — Write a 500-word essay recounting the progress of your research project over the past month.  Speculate on the organization of your final paper, being as specific as possible.  Append an annotated bibliography of sources you have consulted, cited in an appropriate bibliographic style.  Give your polished report an original and fitting title.

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Assignment for April 22

oluponaRead pages 314-324 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

MacDonald, “Thinking and Teaching with the Indigenous Traditions of Melanesia”

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Assignment for April 17

oluponaRead pages 224-244 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Sjöberg, “Rethinking Indigenous Religious Traditions”

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Assignment for April 15

oluponaRead pages 139-148, 172-178 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Jocks, “Modernity, Resistance, and the Iroquois Longhouse People”

McCarthy, “Assaulting California’s Sacred Mountains”

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Assignment for April 10

oluponaRead pages 118-138 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

López Austin, “Guidelines for the Study of Mesoamerican Religious Traditions”

Carrasco, “Jaguar Christians in the Contact Zone”

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Assignment for April 8

oluponaRead pages 89-98, 111-117 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Long, “A Postcolonial Meaning of Religion”

Mohawk, “Tribal Religious Traditions Are Constantly Devalued in Western Discourse on Religion”

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Assignment for April 3

oluponaRead pages 37-70 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Geertz, “Can We Move Beyond Primitivism?”

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Assignment for April 1

irwinReview Native American Spirituality; come prepared to discuss what you learned from this book.

oluponaPreview Beyond Primitivism (cover, front matter, back matter); come prepared to discuss your initial impressions of the book.

Read pages 1-19 of Beyond Primitivism; come prepared to outline each chapter and to discuss passages you find interesting:

Olupona, “Introduction”

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