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ETHS 334 American Indian Spirituality

American Indians have a wonderfully rich tradition of wisdom and spirituality. This course looks at the spirituality of at least two nations of American Indians from a variety of perspectives including historical, sociological, anthropological and political. Students have the option to explore other American Indian nations if desired. Some community research is expected. Significant focus is given to issues of race and racism.

Special information

Overlap: RELS 322 American Indian Spirituality.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 26, 2006 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Describe the diversity within the many Indigenous spiritual traditions in the Americas.
  • Analyze and challenge the exploitation of Indigenous spiritual practices.
  • Express the many ways Indigenous spiritualities face a variety of external and internal community impacts.
  • Understand key concepts and ideas in the American Indians' spirituality and worldview.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 American Indian Spirituality Jacobson, Sophia Julia Books for ETHS-334-50 Spring 2024 Course details for ETHS-334-50 Spring 2024