2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
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RTS082: Walking with Spirit: Exploring Native American Spirituality

1 Credit(s)
Native American spirituality has endured in spite of the passage of time, the loss of Native American lands and its marginalization to the fringes of belief. In recent years, Westerners in particular have sought to recover and reinterpret this spiritual heritage as a form of non-traditionalized religion.  In a world which appears to be cut off from its spiritual roots, the profound relationship between Native American spirituality and the natural world has awakened many to what it has to offer in terms of eco-enchantment and an understanding of the place of the human being as part of an inter-connected and living eco-system. Native Americans themselves have begun to rediscover their own unique spiritual history and view it as a vital part of the universal and perennial search for the sacred. In this workshop, we will frame Native American spirituality in its historical context and will link it to shamanistic and supernatural elements in other relevant cultures. We will explore the spiritual beliefs, practices and rituals of a number of Native American peoples. We will also examine the appropriation of Native American spiritual culture in the contemporary era by New Age and alternative spiritualties, as well as explore what it has to say about the relationship between human beings and nature.