From Time Immemorial: Grounding in Places of Power will explore how being in relationship with place engages communities across time and cultural memory. How does the passage of time manifest in particular locations? How has ancestral knowledge co-evolved with landscapes and languages of place? By considering the memory of place, material culture and artifacts, storytelling (oral and documented), and examining the vast expanse of time (big picture), and ending with narrowed, specific pictures of place, students will understand how important language and landscape, the humanities, Native sciences, Indigenous Epistemologies and Methodologies, and the fluidity of culture serve to enhance our knowledge of time, space, and place. In the words of Annie Peaches, “The land is always stalking people. The land makes people live right. The land looks after us.” Similarly, the land also teaches and many find healing through its lessons. The transformative power of knowledge will be evident in course materials. As Paulette F. C. Steeves states, there is a need for “focus on relinking Indigenous peoples to their homelands in deep time.”
We will investigate new research into the foundations of ancient knowledge embedded in the Western hemisphere that looks beyond Clovis sites, extending Indigenous presence to 60,000 years or more. Also included will be a narrowing of space and time: the study of localities and rooted cultures. Students will plot journeys through time and space that converge on experiences of home.
Required technology to be successful: computer or equivalent, internet connection, access to Canvas and Zoom. Synchronous (live on Canvas/Zoom) hours for all core NPP programs are estimated at 7 hours and asynchronous hours are estimated at 5 hours per week. Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with faculty to pursue alternate options to earn program credit. This program is hybrid and will have Asynchronous Canvas and Synchronous Zoom, and in-person Longhouse Gatherings and orientation.
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$30 fee for cultural meal expenses during gathering weekends