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What is the most appropriate name for north america's first peoples?

What is the most appropriate name for north america's first peoples?


School: California State University Long Beach
Department: OTHER
Course: Ethnic Experience in U.S.
Term: Fall 2017
Cost: 25
Name: American Indian In-class Lecture
Description: lecture september 7th
Uploaded: 09/07/2017
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American Indian Studies 319 

What is the most appropriate name for north america's first peoples?

Thursday, September 7, 2017 

❖  Unsettling the dominant narrative 

➢ History & Myth 

■ Fact and fiction 

■ Research to figure out what’s happening in a specific place at a  specific time and writes about it

■ beliefs , attitude, prejudices come into play 

■ Not neutral, contested 

➢ Why stories matter 

■ Impact, stories cannot be unheard 

■ Transfer of knowledge 

■ Origins and beginnings 

■ Relational, connections 

■ People and places 

How did the american indians marshal resistance to the repression of tribal, religious and cultural practices?

➢ Puvungna 

■ The gathering place 

● Area of long beach 

■ Tongva­indigenous 

● Gabrieleno­spanish given 

■ Birthplace of religion­chinigchinich 

■ “Do you know where you stand?” 

➢ What is the most appropriate name for North America's first peoples? ■ Identity of humans and their connections to their location 

❖ Terminology and demographics 

■ American indian 

■ Native American 

■ Aboriginal­original 

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■ First nations/first peoples 

■ Indigenous 

■ Tribally­specific name 

◆ Connotes locations, connection to place, and 

events in creation or emergence Don't forget about the age old question of What are the animal characteristics?
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Don't forget about the age old question of What are the types of buying power?

● 566 federally­recognized tribal nations in the U.S. 

● Ca home to 110 federally­recognized tribes 

● 1.9 million american indians and alaska nativesIf you want to learn more check out What are the two examples of natural selection known to occur in nature?

● La county largest urban indian pop. in U.S. 

➢ Additional terms 

■ Colonization refers to both formal and informal methods that  maintain subjugation and exploitation of indigenous peoples,  lands and resources

■ Settler colonialism specific formation where foreign entities  move into an indigenous occupied region, displace and 

dispossess indigenous people from their aboriginal lands and  reproduce

➢ American indian identity Don't forget about the age old question of What does a bacterium have?

■ Degree of indian blood 

● Social construction of race 

● Legalization of race/racialization of american indian 


❖ Positive ethnocentrism 

■ Use of tribal terms of self­reference 

■ No monolithic definition of american indian tribes or people ● Diverse 

● Multiple cultural/tribal heritages and affiliations 

● Define own membership 

● Unique laws, systems of self­governance, distinct 


Find racism in relation to naming American Indians (Treuer) 

❖ The Sacred 

➢ Belief and knowledge of the unseen powers or great mystery ➢ Knowledge of the universal dependence of things, relationality and  connectedness

➢ Worship is “individually orchestrated” (treuer) and reinforces bond  between individual, community and greta powers

➢ Morals and ethics are taught b people with knowledge of traditions  and the scared

➢ Tribal specialists pass down knowledge from one generation to the  next (oral tradition and intergenerational teaching)

➢ Humor is part of the sacred; human weakness can be addressed  through foolishness; clowns hold scared role/[ostion in all American  Indian communitiesWe also discuss several other topics like What is the function of critical thinking?

❖ Vine Deloria Jr.­AI resistance 

■ From God is Red, “Tribal, Religious and Contemporary 

American Culture”

➢ “Perhaps nearly as accurate would be the picture of settlement phrased as a continuous conflict of two mutually exclusive religious views of  the world,” (238).

➢ How did the american indians marshal resistance to the repression of  Tribal, Religious and Cultural Practices?

■ Performed ceremonies alongside Christians and federal ones ■ Cloaked tradition in the flag 

■ Practiced in hiding 

■ Apply sacred teachings and concepts to resistance and activism, AIM and Wounded Knee 2, Oceti Sakowin Camp, Sacred Stone Camp

■ Recovery and revitalization of tribal history/knowledge

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