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Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13

Week 14

Week 15

Week 16

Week 17 - Final Exam

Hawaiian History & Land Management Project

Website underconstruction

Research Agenda Statements & Summaries:

 “Ki’I Pono: Bringing into Balance, A Study of  the Maoli Way with an emphasis on Sustainable Resource Management and distribution prior to Cook, and its possibilities today in the distribution of Homelands.”  A component of this project includes curriculum development.

Abstract submitted to He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference, Wiakato, New Zealand, 2015

Draft of letter of interest for Curriculum Development initiative

“Decolonizing Curriculum in Hawai’I: Toward a holistic approach to teaching and learning in the rehabilitation of Maoli communities.” 

Digital and Archival Film project:

People of the Water (a self-made compliation)

The Salt Song Trail

The Canoe Way

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

More Than Bows and Arrows

A History of American Indian Achievement. http://xerxes.calstate.edu/fullerton/books/results?field=title&query=%22History+of+American+Indian+Achievement%22.

Tecumseh's Vision
Trail of Tears
Native American women

Auhea 'oe E ke Kumu

Shark Callers of Kontu

Pele's Appeal

Ahupua'a, Fishponds, and Lo'i

Half Life

Contemporary Hawaiian Artists

Keepers of the Flame

Skin StoriesHawaii

Skin Stories

First Contact

Act of War

Natives in New York

The Story of Stuff - Annie Leonard

Educational Tools:

Click to download the Participation Rubric
Click to download Journal Rubric
Click to download paper rubric
Critical Thinking & Reading Guide
Presentation Rubric

Guide to Writing and Grammar


basic format


Beck, Peck, The Sacred: Ways of Knowledge, Sources of Life (Navajo Community College Press) 1996. ISBN: 0-912586-24-9

Bopp, Micheal Recreating the World: A Practical Guide to building Sustainable Communities (Four Worlds Press) David Kaonohiokala

Bray, The Kahuna Religion of Hawaii (Borderlands Science Research Foundation) 1960. ISBN 0-945685-05-x

Brown, Understanding Native American Religious Traditions (oxford) 2010 ISBN978-0-19-973900-4
Electronic Version: http://site.ebrary.com/lib/fullerton/docDetail.action?docID=10269052

Marshall III, John, The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Learning (Penquin Books) 2002 ISBN-13: 978-0142196090 Laura M.

Cordy, Ross, Exalted Sits the Chief: The Ancient History of Hawai’I, Booklines Hawaii, 2000

Mails, Thomas E., The Hopi Survival Kit: The Prophecies, Instructions, and Warnings Revealed by the last elders.(Penguin, 1997).

Ramirez, Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting (Quality Books) 2004 ISBN 0-9748661-0-5 Joseph Epes

Ruiz, Don MigueThe Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book (Amber Allen Publishing) 1997 ISBN 978-1-1934408-01-8

Tarallo Jensen, Lucia; Jensen, Natalie Mahina, Daughters of Haumea: Women of Ancient Hawaii (Na Kaikamahine ‘o Haumea), Pueo Press, 2005

Vine, Deloria God is Red: A Native View of Religion. (Fulcrum Publishing, 2003).

Department of Hawaiian Homelands

Project Reading List

Archival Resources

Hawaiian State Archive Catalog

Journal of Hawaiian and Pacific folklore and folklife studies Services

Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

Class Schedule: Model

Week 1

January 22, 2014 (Monday,Martin Luther King Day-Campus Closed)

Introduction to Class: The Diversity of The People
Reflection Journal discussion:
Journal Prompt 1: What is your belief system?
Begin Reading Brown, Ch 1.
Film: More Than Bows and Arrows

Week 2 January 27 - 31, 2014

Discussion: Beck, Chapter 1, “Seeking Life: Definitions of Religion and the
Brown, Ch. 2-3.
Journal Prompt 2:
What is the sacred for you? Who is included or excluded?
Film: The Snowbowl Effect: When Recreation and Culture Collide. Who Pays the Price?

Week 3 February 3-7, 2014

Discussion: Beck, Chapter 2, “Ritual Drama and Prayer;”
Brown, Ch.4: ;Silence,
The word and the sacred evoking the sacred through language and song.”
Journal Prompt 3:
What rituals and ceremonies do you participate in, what is
their significance and purpose?
Film: The World of American Indian Dance
Hoop Dance

Northwest Spirit of the Mask

Hopi Corn Dance

Week 4 February 10-14, 2013
Discussion: Beck,Chapter 3 “Learning the Way:Traditional Education;”
Brown, Ch. 5: “There is no word for art,” The Creative process”
Journal Prompt 4:
What ways do you learn best? Who do you recognize as your teachers? What modes of learning do you recognize as valuable or not? How do incorporate createivity into your worldview?
Film: The Salt Song Trail
“What is your belief system?” Visual Representation Due
Week 5 February 17-21, 2014
Monday - President's Day- Campus Closed
Discussion:Beck, Chapter 4, “The Boundaries of the World: Seasons, Origins
 and other worlds"
Brown, Ch. 6: “Relationship and Reciprocity, A Metaphysics of Nature”
Journal Prompt 5:
Are animals and natural phenomenon incorporated into your world view? If so, How? or Why not? What role does artistic expression play in your life?
Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
Week 6 February 24-28, 2014
Discussion: Beck, Chapter 5, “Shamanism and the world of the spirits: The oldest Religion;” Brown, Ch. 7: “A Unity of Experience, Purification:” Begin reading Bopp and thinking about creating your own model.
Journal Prompt 6:
What is the central function of healing and ceremony? What is the role of humor in indiegnous world views?
Dream Keeper
Week 7 March 3 - 7, 2014
Discussion: Beck, Chapter 6 “The Changeable Earth: Colonizers and Genocide;” Ramirez, Ch. 1. “Raising Your Child with Vision;” Marshal, Ch. 2: Perseverance.”
Journal Prompt 7:
What policies have encouraged the cultural genocide of The original People of America? What motivated European policies? How have some people persisted in their pre-European beliefs and life-ways?
Canary Effect
Week 8 March 10-14, 2014
Discussion: Beck, Chapter 7 “The World Out of Balance;” Ramirez, Ch. 2 “Raising Your Child with Vision;” Marshal, Ch. 3: “Respect.”
Journal Prompt 8:
What factors have led to a "World out of Balance"? How did communities respond to this process? What are examples today that are examples of this and what steps can be taken to begin reaching equilibrium within your family or community?
Film: The Canoe Way /
   “Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change”: http://www.isuma.tv/en/inuit-knowledge-and-climate-change
Week 9 March 17-21, 2014
Discussion: Beck, Chapter 8 “The Path of Life” & Chapter 9 “Girl’s Puberty Ceremonies;” Ramirez, Ch. 2: “Embracing Your Sacred Role as Guardian;” Marshal, Ch. 6: “Sacrifice.”
Journal Prompt 9:
What was the status of children and of the old aged? How did the people percieve death?
Film: Kinaalda: A Navajo Rite of Passage
Week 10 March 24-28, 2014
Discussion: Beck, Chapter 10, “The Peyote Spirit;” Ramirez, Ch. 3 “The Nature of Identity.”
Journal Prompt 10:
What is the nature of identity? How might Peyotism provide a sense of identity?
Additional Reading: Spider Woman Article
Sex and gender segment
The Peyote Road: Amcient Religion in Contemporary Crisis

Midterm Paper due

March 31 - April 6 Cesar chavez Day & Spring Break - Campus Closed
Week 11

April 7-11, 2014

Discussion: Beck, Chapter 11, “Sacred and Secular: Seminole Tradition in the Midst of Change;” Ramirez, “Ch. 4: “Your Child – Your Disciple.”
Journal Prompt 11:
How has acculturation impacted the Seminole & how have they negotiated those changes?
Film: Seminole History

“Medicine Wheel” Visual Representation Due

Week 12 April14-18, 2014
Discussion: Beck, Chapter 12, “Navajo Traditional Knowledge;” Ramirez, “Chapter 5: “Creating Integrity Through Humane Values;” Marshall, Ch. 1: “Humility”
Journal Prompt 12: What impact has colonization had on the Dine' and what sacred knowledge has been maintained concerning birth, childhood and parenthood?
Season of the Navajo
Week 13 April 21-25, 2014

Discussion: Beck, Chapter 13, “Sacred Fools and Clowns;” Ramirez, Ch. 7: “Teaching Your Child to Thrive;” Marshal, Ch. 4: “Honor” & Ch. 7 “Truth”
Journal Prompt 13:
What Role does Humor play in sacred traditions? How do you teach your child to Thrive?
Film: Dream Keeper/ American Indian Comedy Slam http://www.hulu.com/watch/508544

Tim, Johanna, Cole, Charliewill display their wheels. Keep your discussion to 10 minutes each max
Week 14 April 28- May 2, 2014
Discussion: Beck, Chapter 14, “The Wandering Ground;” Ramirez, Conclusion; Marshal, Ch. 5, “Love” & Ch. 8. “Compassion.”
Journal Prompt 14: What is the Truth? What are the differences between the Sacred Way and the Way that has become dominant? What are the morals and values of each? What is at the center of Indian identity?
Film: The People of the Water
Charlie, Jennifer, Yarub, Rashonna(10 minutes each max)
Week 15 May 5-9, 2014

Discussion: Marshal, Ch. 11 “Generosity” & Ch. 12 “Wisdom” Ruiz, The
Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book.
Journal Prompt 15:
The Four Agreements

Britney, Ivan, Joey, Julio(10 minutes each max)


Week 16

Thursday, May 15, 2014 2:30 - 4: 20PM

Final Presentations (Sheilds)

Final Exam due:

1. What is the value in using indigenous traditions as a model to re-evaluate our modern beliefs and traditions? (Brown, Ramirez, Marshall)
2. What are the 6 major concept’s  shared among The People? (Beck Ch. 1, 12, 13)
3. What are the elements of ritual and what is the purpose of ritual? Provide and explain an example (Beck, Ch. 2, 3, 8-10-12; Brown; Ramirez)
4. What are traditional ways of obtaining knowledge, and what is the goal of a traditional education system, what is the nature of knowledge attained? What is the purpose of a vision quest, and an initiation ceremony (Beck, Ch. 4, 5, 8-10, 13; Brown, Ramirez)
5. How has colonization by Catholic/Christian nations disrupted indigenous systems of understanding the world? How have people responded to colonial impact? (Beck Ch. 6-8, 10-12, 14; Brown Ch. 7)
6. What is your role and responsibility as a parent from an indigenous perspective? What makes you a mother or father? (Beck, Ramirez, Ruiz)
7. Explain the concept of the Red Road and how a medicine wheel can help guide you to find it, stay on it, or get back to that good path when you stray. (Beck Ch. 8, Bopp & lecture)