IPT5/714—Indigenous Ways of Knowing
View outline (PDF) Instructor(s): Dr. Patricia J. Vickers
This introductory course offers an opportunity to explore Indigenous, North American principles and teachings focusing on the Northwest Coast, and the sweat lodge and vision quest fast traditions through dialogue, media and assigned readings. Students will meet monthly to discuss assigned readings in open dialogue. We will inquire into community and national perceptions of Indigenous identity, conditioned thought patterns, and how conditioning impacts personal exposure to literature and media. This course will assist students with inquiring into the Indigenous mind as a way of thinking and being rather than a concept of identity and separation. Throughout discussions and writings, all are supported to explore personal and collective experiences past and present. Throughout all exploration, the emphasis will be on foundational spiritual teachings from Indigenous ancestral protocol and the teachings of Christ.