Encountering the Abenaki Nation (ANT2212.01)

Miroslava Prazak

Bennington College is located on the ancestral lands of the Abenaki, the People of the Dawnland. How do we come to know about their lives, their culture, society and their history? This course offers an exploration of sources and knowledge, of discovery and of ways of seeing. Using films, stories, archaeological evidence and scholarly texts we will begin to explore and understand some of the key features of this woodland society. There will be at least one weekend fieldtrip, date to be determined.

Learning Outcomes:
- To learn the dimensions of culture, society and knowledge as constructed in anthropology
- To critically examine the sources on which we base our understandings
- To challenge our presumptions and explore various lines of evidence
- To investigate the distinctions between truth, lies, justification, propaganda, claim-making, history, stories, fiction

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Anthropology , First Seven Week , Fully In-Person